We went to Watch City Brewing Company with Mark’s sister- Michelle, brother- Jason, and Jason’s fiancée- Maureen. We went for an early lunch, complete with a beer sampling!
From their website:
“WATCH CITY features four “Flagship” beers and four specialty/seasonal products including a cask-conditioned ale. Head Brewer Aaron Mateychuk expertly “crafts” his recipes in the brewhouse that is visible from Moody Street. Brewer Aaron Mateychuk while very proud of the consistent quality of WCBC’s five mainstays (of which the Hops Explosion won a 3rd place finish at the GNEIBF in 1999 and a 1st place in 2001) he is especially proud of the range and quality of the seasonals and specialties he produces.”
We have to agree. Mark and I thought there were enough ‘normal’ type of beers most people would like, but they also have some very interesting, specialty type beers that we will remember.
The restaurant had a good style and vibe. The bar was a huge, horseshoe shape right in the middle of the restaurant. There is plenty of bar seats and standing room, and a good amount of tables for sit down meals.
The brewery creates special beers, that pop up throughout the year. This includes the “Chocolate Thunder Porter,” made in the fall with local chocolate; World Champs Wheat; Busta’Nut Brown Ale and Skye High Scotch Ale.
Flame Thrower – 4.1% – 12 IBU
Hot Habanero infused Kolsch
Quite a kick! Smooth at the beginning, but then burned deep in the back of your throat.
Holy Mole Wit – 7.2% – 30 IBU
Chocolate Habanero Belgian Wit
Nice, good flavor. Spicy and smooth. Obviously not as spicy as Flame Thrower.
Kingpin Imperial Stout – 8.4% – 72 IBU
Notes of molasses, licorice, raisins and chocolate.
Very Smooth. Mark thought it was good, fairly normal stout. Megan thought it was strong and heavy.
Moody Street Stout – 6% – 54 IBU
Toffee, coffee, chocolate textures.
Sweeter than a typical, or dry, stout.
Beers On Tap Now:
Carnaval Imperial Wit
Kingpin Imperial Stout
Rescue One Kölsch
4.8% – 23 IBU
Shillelagh Irish Red Nitro Ale
4.8% – 18 IBU
Moody Street Stout
6.1% – 42 IBU
Hops Explosion IPA
6.4% – 72 IBU
“Contract brewing is for many hopeful brewers who simply do not have the capital to establish their own fully functioning brewery and other brewers who have established themselves in the market for years, but have may have capacity issues. Well, whether it is a single batch, special brew or way of life, Watch City Brewing Company has time on its side.”
We thought this was pretty interesting, so included it as well.
Watch City also offers a “Brew School.” This is a once a month session, which includes a detailed discussion with the brewers and a buffet.
UPDATE: Watch City Has Permanently closed! Too bad, it was a good place
Want to visit? Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 11:30am–12:30am Saturday and Sunday 10:30am–11:30pm KITCHEN HOURS Monday 11:30am–10:00pm Tuesday 11:30am–10:00pm Wednesday 11:30am–10:00pm Thursday 11:30am–10:30pm Friday 11:30am–11:00pm Saturday 10:30am–11:00pm Sunday – 10:30am–10:00 pm