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Like its beer, Mystery Brewing's new kitchen stays seasonal

Posted June 10

Mystery Brewing in Hillsborough is known for their ever-changing beer menu.

So, it's no surprise that their kitchen would work the same way.

Right now, it's pork belly tacos and beer-braised brats. But as the list of Mystery's vendors expands and the haul of crops changes with the seasons, the menu will take on a new flavor.

"We're changing a good chunk of the menu the first of every month," said Erik Lars Myers, CEO of Mystery. "Some things stay, some things go, some things get switched around.

"At this point we know that we're always going to have some sort of taco in there."

One of the things he wants to do with the kitchen is offer a monthly beer dinner event that will pair drinks with food. In addition to the monthly edition, though, Myers plans to have a daily version.

The daily menu would have a pre-fixed beer dinner that you could sit down and order any night of the week.

"You can come in and say, 'OK, I want the beer dinner tonight,'" Myers said on the 919 Beer podcast. "It's $25 or $30, and you get three courses and three 10-ounce beers, and it's all set up for you, and you can just sit down and enjoy a beer dinner, even if the person next to you just wants to eat tacos."

Mystery Brewing

In a break with their seasonal roots, Myers started brewing a year-round beer in January—The Golden Hind. He didn't stray too far, though.

The nautical-themed American pale ale is brewed about twice a month, and each iteration uses a different selection of hops. When the ship set sail in January, Myers used all Summit hops, but soon navigated toward Zythos, then Azacca and then Kazbek.

Myers keeps the ship's log on the brewery's website to chart its course.

So, while The Golden Hind is Mystery's only year-round brew, its rotating hops keep it in line with the rest of the their drinks.

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