Where to go: Moontown Brewing Company
Address: 345 S Bowers St., Whitestown
What to get: Smoked Pork Green Chili Nachos
Anna’s take: This was my first time visiting Moontown Brewing Company, and it lived up to my expectations. The brewery is super cool and the ambiance is warm and inviting, unlike some breweries that seem stark and overly modern. I sampled several dishes, starting with the pickle platter ($7). It included a spicy pickled egg, pickled cauliflower and carrots and a pickled avocado, which I had never tried before. I love anything pickled. I then sampled the tossed Caesar salad ($10 for the half-size) with a dressing made in-house. Next, I tried the Smoked Pork Green Chili Nachos, featuring cotija, sharp cheddar cheese, pickled onions, jalapenos, cilantro and sour cream atop vibrant blue tortilla chips. Next, I ordered the brisket sandwich ($14). This is something I think everyone should order at least once in their life. The brisket was melt-in-your-mouth tender and stacked high on a bun slathered with horseradish aioli and topped with shaved white onion. Get it with a side of mac and cheese.
Suggesting pairings: I sampled several of Moontown’s brews, but my favorite was probably the Hippie Royalty IPA, a bold pale ale with what Moontown describes as “an aggressive citrus and resinous hop character, balanced by a slightly sweet caramel malt character.”