Breweries Pair Pints with Food Trucks
Finding a local food truck parked outside your favorite brewery used to be a pleasant surprise. Now, an increasing number of breweries are taking the notion a step further by opening up their own food trucks to feed hungry guests.
In February, Green Flash became the most recent brewer to enter the mobile food fray. Its food truck, Gastro, seeks to deliver “an upscale, yet approachable gastropub-style menu, complete with suggested beer pairings and house-made condiments,” says Green Flash marketing and communications manager Natalie Sellers. Menu options include pork belly banh mi and a braised short rib sandwich.
Cape Cod Brewing of Hyannis, Mass., launched Cape Cod Dawgs in the spring of 2013. Born out of a desire to provide employment to local teens who often have difficulty finding summer jobs, Dawgs serves hot dogs, pretzels, chips and “walking tacos.”
Also launched in spring of 2013, Bunyan’s Lunchbox—operated by Dogfish Head and parked in front of its Milton, Del., brewery—serves an array of beer-infused brats, hard-tack chowder and pickles brined in 60 Minute IPA.
And in Gig Harbor, Wash., 7 Seas Brewing opened The Galley, a food truck offering upscale options like lamb chorizo and pork belly BLTs, in September 2014. The truck is a partnership between the brewery and a local sandwich shop. “Our tap room customers [thought] food would be a great addition, and we were listening,” says 7 Seas president and co-founder Mike Runion.
“Like our beer, we believe that if you craft something with passion and the utmost attention to detail, the end result is delicious and puts a smile on faces,” adds Runion. ■