"Blessed me father for I have sinned, please pour me a pint of your delicious ale." – Congregation Ale House
Last night I gave Congregation Ale House’s cheese week dishes a try. The restaurant was not at all what I expected it to be. The first thing you see when you walk in is the bar that extends along the back of the restaurant and at the end were two cashier registers. It wasn’t a sit down restaurant it was an order-find-a-table-and-then-be-served establishment. For an Ale House I found it unusual, but it ended up being refreshingly relaxing.
This modern beer house offered a few cheese inspired dished along with endless options of beer to pair them with. Their menu consisted of a Fig and Brie Pastry, Chicken Cordon Bleu Salad, BBQ chicken Flatbread with Cheddar and Mozzarella, Cheese platter with Chimay Cheese and a Blue Goat Cheese and White Cheddar.
I decided to dive right in and get the BBQ Flatbread and the Fig and Brie Pastry. The Fig and Brie Pastry was offered with a few flavored beers. One called Lindeman, a peach flavored beer, couldn’t have gone better with this sweet dish. Two perfectly flaky Brie stuffed pastries drizzled with fig were served with a mint garnish and an extra fig. a definite “must try” dish. The BBQ Chicken Flatbread tasted exactly like California Pizza Kitchen BBQ pizza. While that is my absolute favorite pizza, I was expecting a little more. I heard from another guest that the Cordon Bleu Chicken Salad was a good dish to try but only if you’re a big fan of bleu cheese.
Overall I enjoyed the atmosphere and the delicious cheese and beer but I think Congregation Ale House is meant to a burger and beer pub-style restaurant. I will definitely come back to try one of the many promising burgers. Just to name a few: Lamb Burger, Grilled Rib Eye and White Cheddar Burger, and the Grilled Turkey Burger.
Have a great day foodies and check back to my previous blog post to see all of the other amazing restaurants that are paying homage to fromage.
Full menu for Congregation Ale House here