Inspired by the European beer belt, Brux House matches fine fare and top notch service with the best of craft beer and ciders, spirited cocktails and swoon-worthy wines. The trendy Hamilton restaurant is located in a beautiful old heritage building on Locke Street South. The place packs up over the lunching hour during the week as locals enjoy sipping in the sun-splashed dinning room where hardwood floors, communal feasting tables, industrial chandelier and barstool tucked bar offer the hungry a happy home.
Executive chef Fraser Macfarlane gives classic cuisine its creative culinary slant using quality and local ingredients. Food is paired with traditional and innovative beer styles from an extensive bottle and tap list of local and imported brews. The relaxed meets elegant dining room offers an a la carte menu that caters to culinary connoisseurs looking for refined and approachable dishes. Brewer Mark Horsley works with the Brux House team to create recipes under the Brux House label. He also collaborates with local breweries to produce unique, one-off beer styles to compliment Macfarlane’s munchie-tastic menu.
The Brux House is a true delight and worth the trip to Hamilton if you have a heart for craft beverage and fine food. Hop heads salivate over $30+ bottles of aged cider, sour ale and imperial stout which each take on the unique characteristics of the oak, bourbon and pinot noir barrels where they meticulously mature. For those who are looking to nibble while they slowly soak up the suds, expect an always changing menu that celebrates what’s fresh and reflective of the season. In February one spoons eagerly through preserved orange dotted duck terrine, whole roasted butternut squash topped with crispy fried sage and addictive thyme gravy slathered schnitzel topped spaetzle.
Here are my Top 5 at Brux House in Hamilton:
1) Craft Sips | Grapefruit Breakfast IPA, Brux House + Scrumpy Unfiltered and Brett Fermented Cider, West Avenue
2) Confit Duck Terrine | preserved orange, walnut butter, bitter greens, crostini
3) Roasted Butternut Squash | goat cheese mousse, candied almond, dried cranberry, sage
4) Pork Schnitzel | red cabbage marmalade, crushed turnip, mustard spaetzle, thyme gravy
5) Bee Sting Cake | vanilla custard, almond cream, redcurrant burnt honey ice cream