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Brewery of the Week: Lowdown Brewery and Kitchen
April 26, 2014
It seems there is an intrinsic connection between beer and pizza in that most places where a good slice can be found will likely have a few decent brews be on tap as well. In the last few years the trend of merging the practice of brewing with pizzerias has exploded, resulting in a large number of lackluster chains and failed attempts at making anything decent at all. On the other hand, every so often this has resulted in a truly unique and high quality experience. Lowdown is without question one of those places.
Lowdown’s beers are a successful juxtaposition between simple ingredients and complex flavors (yeah, I just used juxtaposition correctly in a sentence, now slam your beer for questioning my word choice!) Their brew masters have done a fantastic job of using variations in yeast, malt and hops to bring different flavors than one might expect to well known beer styles. A good example is the Fluthered Irish Red, which has a subtle sweetness that compliments the more malty qualities that are standard from a Red Ale. The Rye Porter is also an excellent marriage of the unique qualities that flaked rye adds to beer and the more savory notes of a traditional porter.
This premise of simplicity with depth can be applied to Lowdown’s food and atmosphere as well. When you walk in you will find a place that is simple, clean and comfortable; with a welcome absence of tacky embellishments that are found in other brewery/pizza establishments. It is a very relaxed environ that tends to lead to those “sure, I can stay for another pint” situations (I tend to have those regardless…it’s a talent). The pizza is also fantastic, with a near perfect crust and uniquely delicious combinations of toppings; case in point the Papa Smurf with pancetta gorgonzola and brussel sprouts which I think will be my go to from now on.
A word of warning, Lowdown’s reputation is already such that you can expect a crowd and a little bit of a wait most evenings. That being said it’s worth the wait in my opinion; you can always saunter up to the bar and grab a pint until a table opens up. There are few things in this world as satisfying as good beer and good food; and I would hope you get to Lowdown soon to enjoy both.