- Grilled mortadella and aged cheddar
Then came the tasting room model with the advent of food trucks pulling up with distinctive offerings. Black Acre, Chilly Water and TwoDEEP represent the model of a limited menu of small plates — which Daredevil Brewing Co. initially embraced in their production brewery taproom — but now Daredevil has created a wholly different aspect that’s a blending of house-prepared small plates, food truck offerings and “bring your own”—brown bag and carryout de jour.
Daredevil co-founder, Shane Pearson fills in the details:
“When we built the new brewery and taproom we included a dedicated pocket kitchen so that when we were ready we could add a small taproom menu. When we opened the taproom last summer we set up arrangements with local restaurants to deliver to the taproom and we still have those arrangements, as well as quality snacks available, like Just Pop In! popcorn.”
In December 2015 Daredevil started offering a limited menu with a rotating selection of high quality items with a cheese and meat board that features products from Smoking Goose Meatery, Tulip Tree Creamery, Ameila's Bakery and other locally sourced items from Piazza Produce. The menu includes rotating daily soup offerings such as Gumbolaya, Broccoli & Cheese, White Chicken Chili and others. St. Patrick's Day week was their first test of a sandwich.
- So much meat and cheese
“Our guests can continue to bring in food from other commercial restaurants, or order from our neighbors that deliver to our taproom— Barbecue & Bourbon, Jimmy John's, Pizza Hut, Wing Stop, to name a few.”
On your own and not sure how to pair? Here are “the 5-C’s” for pairing to bring out the best elements of a food:
Complement with similar taste profiles—Cream Stout with creamy soup, Chocolate Stout with chocolate mousse;
Contrast with opposite taste profiles—smoky BBQ meats with Pale Ale;
Cut, as in cut or soften the impact of a rich dish—3-meat lasagna with a light, hoppy Pilsner;
Cleanse the palate without washing away the flavor—Belgian Blonde Ale or Lager are perfect with pomme frittes or French Fries;
Calm big tastes—a Sweet Stout mellows out a rich layer cake, a Sour Ale mitigates a greasy burger.
[Tips shared from The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Beer Tasting]
Fun-fact: Did you know the entrance to Daredevil’s brewing buildout area is paved with a yard of authentic Speedway bricks? Get the story when you stop in.