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TASTE TEST: Wildrose pub burger pairs great with garlic fries

The Pub Burger and Garlic Parmesan Fries are standouts on the Wildrose Brewing menu.

Wildrose Brewing in Griffith is a hip place to hang out.

The craft brewery at 1104 E Main St. near the Oak Ridge Prairie and Oak Savannah Trail is housed in a large garage-like pole barn that's adorned with brightly colored murals of skulls and roses. The modern industrial-chic interior is filled with art, Edison lights and big comfy leather chairs like one might find in a Barnes & Noble. Garage doors open up into a spacious outdoor patio where patrons can toss bags while sipping with American-style craft beers like the Hop Side of The Moon Black Rye IPA, West Coast Hopper Pale Ale and the Run to the Pils Czech Pilsner.

It's perfect place to while away a summer evening and also a great place to grab a bite. The menu includes a pot roast grilled cheese, a Portobello Philly, a Cuban sandwich and a crab dip.

The top seller is the Wildrose Pub Burger in a toasted bun that's topped with cheddar cheese, sauteed purple onions and a tangy horseradish aioli that perfectly complements the beef. It's good quality beef, an 80/20 ground chuck patty that's fatty enough to be bursting with flavor.

Go ahead and splurge and pay $1 more for the Garlic Parmesan Fries. It's well worth it. Hand-cut fries with plenty of potato skin showing are heavily dusted in finely minced garlic and "the King of Cheeses." They're fresh and so savory you might be tempted to lick your fingers clean.

For more information, visit www.wildrosebrewing.com or call (219) 595-5054.

 

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Business Reporter

Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.