Review: Beer Town, Cambridge

My lunch at Beer Town in Cambridge was one of the culinary tourism features in my Culinary Adventure in Waterloo Region Destination Guide.

First stop on our whirlwind Waterloo Region Culinary Tour was a stop at newly opened Beer Town. We slid through the front door just before 1pm to a packed house. Initial impressions indicated the place has quickly become a local fan favourite. The restaurant is a fusion of a retro public house and a modern beer bar, built around a ‘chef driven’ kitchen.

We were seated at a huge U-booth at the far end of the restaurant which allowed us to gaze over all of the happy diners sippin on suds and munchin on lunchin. The decor is top drawer featuring keg chandeliers and a slide away vintage ladder for staffers to grab ice cold beer bottles. Beer Town is a utopia for beer lovers with 30 varieties on draft and over 90 offerings by the bottle. A perfect place to sample something new.

The kitchen does a great job at offering a menu which showcases local flavours (delicious Germanic roots via Schnitzel and Pretzel). It is nice to see top notch dishes coming out of a kitchen for an audience of beer lovers. There should be a large Do Not Enter sign at the entrance, a warning for beer enthusiasts who typically pair their Molson Canadian with mozzarella sticks and jalapeno poppers.

Highlights included an addictive pretzel board featuring warm cheese dip and charcuterie as well as a creamy Mac and Cheese which fulfilled all hunger pains. The crown jewel of our feast was a crispy lemon pepper cajun breaded pork schnitzel accompanied by sour apple butter, apple fennel slaw and sweet potato fries.

We enjoyed (* notes my favorites)

Seasonal Beer Flight Sampler

kronenbourg blanc, mill st. paradise ipa, muskoka winter beard, blanche de chambly

Warm Pretzels, Cheese Dip and Charcuterie *

swiss, cheddar and parm dip, prosciutto, pepperettes, salami, gerkins, pickled onion, grainy dijon

Bruschetta Board

bt garlic bread (garlic butter, emmental, mozzarella, parmesan)

tomato (diced tomatoes, red onions, basil, balsamic, grana padano)

avocado and tomato (avocado, goat cheese, sliced tomatoes, caramelized onions, cilantro) *

arugula and proscuitto (olive oil, shaved prosciutto, arugula, grana padano) *

Mac and Cheese *

roasted chicken, double smoked bacon, wild mushrooms, roasted cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, emmental, parmesan, panko crust

Pecan Crusted Salmon

roasted salmon, innis and gunn maple butter, grilled vegetables, ancient grains

Fish and Chips

atlantic cod, creamy cider slaw, tartar sauce, grilled lemon, russet fries

Pork Schnitzel *

lemon pepper cajun breaded, sour apple butter, apple fennel slaw, sweet potato fries

Dessert Platter

raspberry white chocolate cheesecake, beertown brownie, warm sticky toffee pudding

#418 restaurant reviewed in Ontario since moving to Toronto in 2010. 

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