We had been looking forward to eating at Union Barrel Works. We enjoy craft breweries and this was recommended to us since it was in our area.
When we looked at the menu, there were some eclectic choices like Elk Meatloaf and Craft Sausages that were Wild Boar, Elk and Venison. When the waitress came to tell of the specials, there was something with Camel meat in it. Then she proceeded to tell us the items that were NOT on the menu anymore and the changes to the Craft Sausages that were listed on the menu. Now the menu is just printed paper inserts to a plastic menu, so I am not sure why they wouldn't change them instead of letting you look at the menu for 15 minutes and then come an tell you what they don't have anymore.
We then asked the waitress if the meats were fresh and local and she couldn't answer that question. She said she had worked there for several years and I thought that it should be something that she could answer. She said that a salesperson came to sell the meat so she didn't know. We had the crab cheese cake and mozzarella cheese moons for appetizers. They were edible, but not great.
There were several of us but only four that had entrees. The crabcakes were dry and broke apart, the Craft Sausages were o.k., I thought they had a sour taste, but my husband thinks that is how the meat is supposed to taste (boar and venison.) My husband had the salmon and wasn't sure if it was fresh or frozen. Our friend had the black and blue beef tips and he really liked his meal.
We then had desert that were "homemade" by staff members. We had the tiramisu, salted caramel apple pie and chocolate mousse. There wasn't anything special about any of them.
As for the beer, they didn't have the IPA that my husband went there for. So he tried a few of the others but ended up leaving without filling his growler.
All in all, if you are in the area, go, but don't make a special trip.
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