The Brewhouse is a welcome addition to Mount Vernon. They kept true to the firehouse, keeping the circle stairs and the fire poles – you are absolutely not allowed to slide down them. The space is tight, especially for sitting at the bar with the tanks (probably fermenting?) right behind you. Nevertheless, there is a dynamic and peppy vibe in this firehouse that makes you want to come back.
We sat at the bar; some of the folks back there are a little better at service than others, some like to chat with each other more than keep an eye out for who needs drinks. I loved There are several house brews on the menu and a decent cocktail and an ample wine list.
I started with the Gimme the Beet cocktail – using one of their few decent gins – Barr Hill with beet juice, ginger syrup, lime juice and tope with ginger beer. It is tasty – definitely get the beet flavor in this drink. It’s a little sweet for me – I would probably sub soda for the ginger beer next time. I quickly switched to wine – a smooth Argentinian Malbec.
We ordered a bunch of things to share, starting with the arugula salad – peppery, flavorful arugula with sharp, shaved cheddar and crispy, melon balled apples. Careful with those melon balls, I accidentally shot one across the bar – whoops! The salad was a little over dressed. Still tasty.
Sadly, these guys were out of the soft pretzels. So, we went with the flash fried calamari. The flavor was good, but if you are going to go with the flash fried – eat it quickly. We let it sit for a little and the fry becomes a little soggy.
Lastly we went with this gorgeous crock of mac and cheese – tons of gooey aged cheddar, pecorino, Gruyère topped with bread crumbs and thick cut bacon.