Last month, I took the interns for a late lunch at Boulevard’s new Beer Hall. To be honest, I really just wanted to snap some photos (since, full disclosure: my husband worked really hard to create the menu there and I wanted him to have some pretty pictures of his food) and get away from the computer for a while. We ended up stuffing ourselves silly with meats, cheeses and pretzel dogs, and of course, we each had a Tank 7.
Beyond the beer, there’s so much local goodness to be tasted at the Beer Hall.
We started with The Cheese Board (pictured above). It features Cottonwood River cheddar from Jason Wiebe Dairy in Kansas, smoked gouda from Frisian Farms in Iowa, and The Sixth Grass cheese — a collaboration between Boulevard and Green Dirt Farm in Weston, MO. The pretty little orange burst in the middle is Clementine-Thyme Marmalade from Kansas City Canning Company. If you haven’t tried it, get you some.
Next, we tried the chicken andouille pretzel dog with a mustard-relish combo for dipping. The Beer Hall has a few pretzel dogs to choose from, but this is my favorite. The dog is from Fritz’s Meat and Superior Sausage in Leawood, wrapped with a Pale Ale pretzel. Farm to Market makes the dough and the cooks at the Beer Hall wrap the dogs each morning, allow the dough to rise, and then they bake them fresh when you order.
While a veggie platter may sound like the lamest thing to order at a beer hall, it’s not lame at all. It features potato chips made by The Rieger (potatoes are vegetables, thank you very much), and an onion dip that might just change your life. It’s called Wild Child Onion Dip and it’s made with Love Child (a Boulevard wild ale) Vinegar. It’s the best onion dip you’ve never had.
The meat board features meat, of course — La Quercia American Salami, Leoncini Mortadella and Bayonne Jamon, a French Ham — plus Boulevard’s Pale Ale Mustard, KC Canning Company’s Hoppy Pickles (another collaboration with Boulevard) and Farm to Market crackers.
The Big Board ($29) serves a crowd. Because it’s, well, really big. It’s piled with a fantastic sampling of meats, cheeses, and veggies. And again with that veggie dip and those Rieger potato chips.
You guys, this place is amazing. And I’m not just saying that because I’m married to one of the guys who run it. It’s huge, the design and decor are amazing, and it’s a great place to go with friends or family (yes, you could even take your kids as long as they’re cool), or even your laptop if you want a change of scenery during the work week.
We’ll be back. Oh, yes. We will be back.