The Short Course
Noise Level: Average
Got Milk? Yes
Kids Menu: Yes
Food Allergy Concerns: Noted on the menu or ask a server for more details
Chances are you’ve heard the buzz, seen the social media posts, or driven by downtown’s newest establishment. In June, Findlay Brewing Company (FBC) opened its new taproom and restaurant. For those familiar with FBC’s former location on North Main Street — a tiny nook with a small bar, a few taps, and limited seating — the new location is a major upgrade and features a full food menu. So, after months of seeing updates on Facebook, we decided to check out FBC’s long-awaited new brewpub.
An eye-catching location
Driving by, FBC’s swirling logo catches the eye on the building’s huge windows, a sharp contrast to the stone façade and dark metal siding. A beer garden sits to the west of the building. On the east side, an over-sized garage door opens to reveal the inner workings of the brewing process including gleaming metal tanks and fermenters.
Stepping inside, we were greeted by one of FBC’s owners and invited to take a seat. We chose to push two tables together to accommodate our family of five. FBC offers a wide variety of seating options including a bar that looks into the (separated) brewing area, high top tables, partial-booths, stand-alone tables, plus a high-top table that runs along the front window. A (free!) arcade game is available, offering hundreds of free, classic video games. Board games are also available. Dark gray walls and warm woods with accents of red make the space feel slightly industrial but still welcoming, modern and casual.
A unique atmosphere and menu
As we settled in, the kids found Uno and Guess Who? to play while my husband, Jeremy, and I perused the menu and beer selection. FBC offers a range of beers brewed right on the premises plus rotating guest taps, wine from Gillig Winery and interesting cocktails. Jeremy and I each selected an FBC beer (Brilliant Blonde for him and a Working Class Cream Ale for me) before checking out the menu. Renz Salanga, the talent behind Stix on Sandusky St., designed FBC’s menu and created one that is both familiar and unusual. Favorites like wings and tater tots have tempting upgrades with intriguing ingredients.
Among this interesting assortment of appetizers, salads and burgers, there are also two fun build-your-own options: a meat and cheese plate and mac-n-cheese. Those with food allergies will be comforted by the clear menu notes indicating possible allergens. As we mulled over the options, I found myself simultaneously excited by the unique offerings Jeremy and I could enjoy and incredibly appreciative of the classic crowd pleasers for our kids.
We finally settled on three appetizers – the loaded tater tots, pretzel sticks and fried cheese curds. Each of these familiar pub favorites were delicious. The kids loved the pretzel sticks which were served with a beer cheese dip. I couldn’t stop eating the tater tots which were fried to crispy perfection and loaded with unusual but incredible, fresh toppings including jalapeño-cilantro aioli, crema, pickled onions, tomato, roasted corn and grilled chicken. It was pretty much a meal in itself. The perfectly-poppable fried cheese curds offered a slightly crunchy exterior surrounding the salty cheese. Yum.
For dinner, all three kids chose the kids’ meal cheeseburger with fries. Jeremy ordered the Margherita Flatbread and I selected the Chicken Caesar Salad. Everything came out piping hot and beautiful. Once we pried the kids away from the games, they devoured their meals. In fact, Mae (our 4-year-old) is still talking about how much she liked the burger. Jeremy enjoyed his flatbread which was simple, classic and attractively presented. My salad offered crisp greens, a tangy dressing, plentiful bacon, crunchy croutons and an artistically sliced egg. Perhaps my only complaint – and it’s entirely my fault – was a bit too much dressing. But that’s definitely personal preference, and I should’ve remembered to order the dressing on the side!
Dessert and more fun
The girls finished up their meals and raced back to the video game while Jeremy and I slowly ate our meals, sipped our beers and chatted with our eldest, Leland (I also demolished him in Uno a few times). Not wanting the fun and deliciousness to end, we ordered the one and only dessert on the menu: Chocolate Lava Cake made with FBC’s Floodwater Stout beer and topped with Dietsch Brothers’ chocolate peanut butter ice cream. The combination was like FBC itself – a perfect combination of grownup flavors and a family-friendly treat.
And as I sat there, it occurred to me that this unique establishment was created by people who love not only beer but also the Findlay community. And FBC offers the ideal place to build community as either a family or as a group of friends, inviting you to sit back, relax and enjoy a pint of beer.
213 East Crawford Street, Findlay | 419-419-2739
“Findlay Brewing Company” on Facebook
Hours: Monday & Tuesday, Closed.
Wednesday & Thursday, 11am-10pm.
Friday & Saturday, 11am-midnight.