Tuesday, November 6, 2012

BJ's Brew Pub

Hungry yet?  Give me a minute and you will be!

I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that you Pū'ali koa, the readers and fans of this little blog are a varied as the subjects that I write about.

I am sure that most of you die-hard beer guys have tried out all of the brew pubs and restaurants around, but there are surely a few wine folks, foodies, rum connoisseurs and travelers that may be coming to Colorado that have never eaten at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewery. And that... is a shame!

We decided to have Lunch at BJ’s in Colorado Springs one day last week because we were in the area, had been hearing about it for some time, and brew pubs are one place where Kahuna’s Chick and I can ALWAYS find something to fill our bellies.

BJ’s is located at 5150 North Nevada Ave. Colorado Springs, CO. The location in a new, modern shopping area is well located with several other dining options, plenty of “Beer Guy” friendly shopping including a Mac Superstore and of course the reason we were there... COSTCO!

From the outside, it looks like any other brick brew pub. Revolving doors lead you into a large waiting area with a view of the bar.... A formidable bar, that makes you thirsty at first sight.

Modern, trendy, functional and inviting are the top four adjectives that come to mind as you are greeted by the friendly staff.

The first pages of the menu, are of course cocktails, wines and a beer list that goes on and on! With our first visit, I immediately ordered their biggest “House” IPA, just because that’s what I do. I wouldn’t call IPA my favorite style of beer, but it is likely the most popular right now. I figure that a brew pub is going to put a lot of time and effort into their IPA in hopes of competing amongst a really crazy market!

I ordered up a pint of the 6 1/2 % abv Hopstorm IPA. They suggest pairing it with a Crispy Jalapeño Burger, Buffalo Chicken Wontons, New Orleans Jambalaya and Cajun Pasta.... So of course, I ignored what the “Experts” suggested and we ordered up an appetizer of Calamari.

The appetizer selection, as is the rest of the menu, is as rich as the beer menu which includes at least 22 different bottle conditioned Belgian Ales.

On our first visit, I had Fish Tacos... Another staple bar food for me. Kahuna’s Chick ordered Fish and Chips. Simply wonderful, each plate that came from the kitchen was as good as the one before.

Because any place can be good once, we opted to head back to BJ’s for a followup two nights later and found that our first impression was correct.

This time I opted for the 7.3% GABF Silver Medal winning (1996) Jeremiah Red ale. This brew was a tad sweet for me, but did sport a solid malt profile that made a nice complement to the spicy Santa Fe Spring Rolls.

This spicy little appetizer of roasted corn, black beans, Jalapeño and chicken wrapped up in crispy goodness was exactly the introduction I wanted for my seared Ahi Tuna Salad.

The tuna salad wasn’t the best I’ve had, (See Lowry Beer Garden or the Elephant Bar) but was very tasty. The tuna was quite small as compared to most, but the flavor was there. The bits of tuna were approximately the size of a nickel, as opposed to the nearly 2x2 inch squares I’ve come accustomed to.

Kahuna’s chick went a bit more hearty with her menu selection and opted for the Chicken fried Chicken and mashed potatoes, which I must say, was perhaps the second best in Colorado.

On trip 2, we had one of our kids with us, and he completely approved of the “Big Kid’s” menu and their hand crafted Root Beer. He has very discerning taste for an 8-year-old, so you can trust his opinion.

Whether you are in the mood for a classic cocktail, a craft beer, or a full meal with all the fixin’s, BJ’s has certainly got you covered!  If you are in the Colorado Springs area, it’s worth the drive no matter which side of town you’re on.

Have a great week and seek out something good to eat and something great to drink with it.



Dave Butler said...

Now that my son goes to college in the Springs I've started eating at local restaurants there and BJ's is one of my favorite stops. Love their IPAs and red ales. Try their BBQ Chicken pizza - mmmm. It pairs well with the IPA.

Charles Hoffman said...

Dave... We ever end up in the Springs at the same time... I'm buying your dinner!

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