I love beer. Really really really love. Anytime I travel, I like to try out new beers that I can’t get in Boston. So last week while in Chicago, I wanted to try to find a local brewery. After a quick consultation with Yelp, it revealed that Harrison’s Brewing Company was the place to go.
I had blinders on when I entered the restaurant and made a beeline for the beer menu. After just a few seconds, my eyes gravitated to the Raspberry Wheat.
Oh my. This beer was unbelievable. Sometimes with fruity beers I find the fruit flavor to be non-existent (as with watermelon beer) but the raspberry flavor came slamming through. It was exquisite. So exquisite in fact, that rather than try something different after I had finished this one, I ordered another.
While sipping on my delicious beer, I took a minute to look around. The restaurant was extremely spacious and surprisingly empty. The decor had a tuscan feel to it aside from one wall that had a musical mural which was gorgeous and gave the restaurant a little funk. For a brewery, the restaurant area was extremely upscale. I was highly impressed.
Every entree comes with a salad, which isn’t a rare thing at these types of restaurants, but what is rare is that the salad comes with actual greens instead of iceberg lettuce. I was pleasantly surprised to see a bed of green underneath my veggies.
Along with our salads came this warm tasty bread. It was slightly sweet and came with a side of whipped butter. There really are few things better than warm bread and butter.
For my entree, I ordered the filet with a side of sweet potato mashed and green beens.
The green beans were soaked in butter and the sweet potato mashed were just so-so. As far as the filet goes, I ordered it medium and it was well done, which was disappointing to say the least. Hoping to make up for a disappointing dinner, my coworker and I opted to split the peanut butter pie.
The pie definitely made up for the lackluster dinner. The peanut butter was not overwhelming, nor was it too sweet. As far as peanut butter pie goes, which is not my favorite, it was probably on par with the best I have ever had.
All in all, the beer menu at Harrison’s was top notch, as was the salad, bread, and dessert. The entree had potential had it been cooked how I had requested, but I would not let that deter me from returning, if only for that Raspberry Wheat alone.