Bank Street Brewhouse unveils new food menu … sort of

Photo by Robyn Lee.

Photo by Robyn Lee.

Apparently, Bank Street Brewhouse, New Albanian Brewing Company’s downtown New Albany tap room, once again has a food menu.

But before you start to salivate while thinking about pommes frites in a Pavlovian frenzy, know that the “menu” is, shall we say, somewhat limited. Posts by and other sites revealed this new food offering this week, which is in response to Indiana state law requirements.

Per IC 7.1-2-3-7 and 905 IAC 1-20-1 (or something like that), establishments that serve alcohol by the drink in Indiana absolutely, positively must have food service available at all times that can serve a minimum of 25 people. That law, which is nearly 70 years old, also pertains to Bank Street Brewhouse, which ceased food service in May.

And so, to avoid having the law dogs descend upon the small brewery and tap room with citations and decrees and axes, Bank Street management has added a food menu that adheres to these state requirements. Food is once again available at the tap room.

There are actually several options spelled out as the mandatory minimum food offering at an establishment such as Bank Street Brewhouse, according to this sacred law: hot soups, hot sandwiches, coffee, milk and soft drinks. (Your tax dollars at work, Hoosiers.)

As such, here is the new Bank Street menu:

Our Famous Hot Dog Sandwich: Microwaved to perfection, including both weenie and bun, sans condiments. $10.

Chef Campbell’s Soup of the Day: Served in a bowl. Your choice of whichever can is on top of the stack. $10.

Instant Coffee: Caffeinated only. Available black, or black. $5.

Powdered Milk: With or without water. $5.

Sprecher Craft Soft Drinks: Different flavors … market pricing.

If you are scoring at home, that’s Bank Street Brewhouse 1, Big Government 0.

This post was originally published by Insider Louisville.

New Albanian, Big Four Burgers team up to bring food back to Bank Street on Fridays

Well, that didn’t take long. Just two weeks after New Albanian Brewing Company announced there would no longer be food served at its Bank Street Brewhouse in downtown New Albany, NABC has announced it will team up with Jeffersonville’s Big Four Burgers + Beer to have food available every Friday night this summer as part of New Albany’s Bicentennial Park concert series.

Of course, Bank Street remains open as a tap room Tuesday-Sunday, and patrons are encouraged to bring carry-out from other restaurants, picnic baskets or brown-bag lunches from home. But this initiative, which begins this Friday, May 30,  brings food back at the source — and it’s darn good food too.

Here’s what Big Four‘s new burger trailer will serve up:

  • Big Four Burger
  • Cheeseburger
  • Bacon Burger
  • Fries
  • Cheese Fries
  • Pretzel Sticks and Beer Cheese

That’s a beer-worthy lineup, to be sure. The grub will be available 5-10 p.m., and you’re welcome to enjoy it at the tap room or make the short walk with it to Bicentennial Park, where NABC will be pouring Houndmouth, Black & Blue Grass, Naughty Girl and Community Dark all summer.

The NABC press release says if the Big Four team-up goes well, there may be some Saturday appearances by the burger trailer as well.

This post was originally published by Insider Louisville.

Against the Grain Brunches it Up

against the grain louisville beerThis drinking at 10 a.m. on Sundays thing has been pretty popular so far. The Louisville breweries are getting in on it along with all the chic cafes and hipster hangouts, in fact.

Against the Grain unleashed its new Sunday brunch menu this weekend, including a bloody mary bar. House-cured bacon on a stick? Chorizo biscuits and gravy? With a make-your-own bloody mary option? Sounds delicious.

Of course, New Albanian Brewing Co. over in New Albany, unaffected by the previous no-alcohol-until-1 p.m.-on-Sundays silliness, had been doing its bloody mary bar/brunch thing for a while. They will even make you a mimosa using Huber’s sparkling wines.

Anyway, thanks, Louisville lawmakers, for finally opening the door for some Sunday morning fun.