|Sierra Nevada Hoptimum and|
Steel Toe Douglas
Because I love the name, I started with a Pour Decisions brew out of the range of strong choices. Last week, I had a bottle of Maroon & Gold, an IPA of a sorts. Good in a bottle but better on draft. Nice start. G tried Third Street's Sugar Shack, which was good enough on tap that I bought a six pack to replenish the beer fridge this week.
Tuckered out on a Friday night during speech season, I ended with the session ale by Pour Decisions: Pubstitute. More than adequate, but I had my expectations higher than the beer could live up to.
Overall, a great night at a local pub in St. Paul. The place is small and the biggest table is for about five. We tried earlier for a larger group, but they don't take reservations. More of a place for date night or two couples out for a chat for well served beer and inspired food. Plus, the service was spectacular. If I lived in St. Paul, I would be happy to walk home from Ward 6 as my local.
The staff was working very hard to get everyone seating as soon as possible. Almost too hard later in the night—we felt a bit rushed when we wanted to sit and chat over beers, even though there wasn't a line after paying the bill. Sitting in the back booth, I had a view of the door. The line formed quickly on a Friday night just after 5 pm until 6 pm, but the line went up and down, very hit and miss as the night lingered. Just a matter of luck after the dinner rush to get a table.
I was able to try the Cicero stew this trip and, in spite of the simple appearance, it's amazingly flavorful. The waitress warned me it was hot, which was true. The spice went very well in the Sierra Nevada Hoptimum, so I'd recommend having the stew with the hoppiest IPA on tap. With three new beers for the list on tap tonight plus a great dinner with friends, I see us returning more and more to Ward 6.