Paw Paw Brewing Company
When J’s told me her mom was coming this week, I was told we had to hit up a brewery one night. Like me, J’s mom has gotten in to craft brews pretty recently and loves coming to Michigan to not only see her grand child, but it seems like no matter where we go to eat, we can always find great craft beers on tap.
After J and L went to bed, J’s Mother-In-Law and I decided to head to Paw Paw. I was under the impression Paw Paw Brewing Company didn’t serve food so J and I never made the stop. The place opened right around the time J got pregnant, so she couldn’t drink and now that we have a little one, we don’t really go to breweries where we can’t eat.
The Paw Paw Brewing Company is on the east side of town on Michigan Avenue. We just take Red Arrow Highway from Oshtemo and not long after entering the Paw Paw city limits, the white building with the word “Brewery” on top sits on the north side of the road.
The parking lot is pretty small and I wasn’t sure if I should use the lot for the neighboring business that I initially turned in to. I sort of went around the block and found a spot on the east side of the building near the beer garden.
The small space has a bar with half a dozen bar stools and a small room behind that with about a half dozen tables. The bar was pretty full when we walked in, so we went to a table which is actually an old oak barrel and a table top. There was a menu with the beer list and a food menu. Wait…huh? A food menu?
I was really surprised to find that food menu. We have been putting off the place because their website doesn’t list food. I learned before leaving that the company they hired to do the website doesn’t ever update and they’re looking for a new company that will allow them to update more often.
After find that nice surprise, J’s mom and I both started with a 2 Paws IPA while I ordered the Cuban Panini basket and she ordered the Chips and Nacho Beer Cheese.
We started with the beers while waiting on the food. The 2 Paws IPA has a pretty sharp bitterness to it that both of us really liked. It’s very crisp and very clean.
The Chips and Nacho Beer Cheese came out first. The chips were tortilla chips and the beer cheese was nice and warm. I had a few, but wanted to leave most of them for my MIL since she was the one that ordered it.
A few minutes later, my panini came out. The sandwich was just taken off the the panini press so it was very warm when it was set down in front of me. The sandwich is served on French style bread with pulled pork, ham, sweet pickles, mustard, and provolone cheese. The sandwich was delicious. Most of the meat was the pulled pork and it was soft and tender. It’s the perfect kind of pub sandwich to enjoy with a great beer.
After finishing off the first glass, MIL and I went opposite direction on drinks. My second drink was the Black River Oatmeal Stout. This dark beer pours near black and it has a that roasted malt flavor you would expect from a good stout. Oatmeal Stout’s are actually pretty new to me as I just tried my first one a few weeks ago, but I liked it enough to give this one a chance and I definitely hit on something I liked.
The second beer for J’s mom was the King James Scotch Ale. We were talking about one of her friends that likes the Scotch Ale’s so that’s why she chose.
Beer number three for me was the Paw Paw Wheat. I decided to end on something lighter and after a couple of the heavier beers, this one went down really smooth. It’s the kind of beer that you could drink a lot of and never tire. Very refreshing way to end the night.
The last beer for J’s mom was a pale ale. She also chose to make the last one something a little lighter and a little more refreshing.
The tab for our six beers, sandwich, and beer cheese was just a little over $31. We both really enjoyed the night out. The atmosphere is really relaxed and a great place to enjoy the great beers Paw Paw Brewing has on tap. Now that we know they have food, we could be showing our faces there more often.