My friend Lynn and I wanted to try the Blue Skye Brewery for dinner and their brews so we headed that way after Trivia today. This is a new brew pub that opened last month. It’s located at 116 N. Santa Fe and is attractive, neat and clean inside. There are heavy wooden tables that can seat 8-10 and a few four top tables. You sit wherever you can find a seat and share the table with others. There is a side room for private parties.
The line tonight to get inside close to the taps stretched from the bar two and four abreast out the front door and down the street from about 5 o’clock on. They open at 4:30 and that would be a good time to arrive.
They currently have five house brewed beers on tap like pale ale, red ale, stout and wheat beers. They also have 5 other taps. We each got a flight of beer so we could see what they make and which we preferred. They also have a beer from a Manhattan brewery. Wine and spirits are also available.
The brewers have just introduced their first seasonal crafted beer…the Ebenezer Vanilla Porter. It’s a robust porter with vanilla and a hint of cinnamon spice. I found it a little heavy on the vanilla but it’s a good dark beer, which I prefer.
They have an authentic Italian fire brick oven where they make their specialty pizzas that everyone is raving about. Their Chef, Kyle Baxter, originated the recipes on their menu. From Italian to Thai-style pizzas you will definitely find something you’ll like. The food menu features a dozen or so wood-fired oven pizzas with thin tasty crusts that don’t take long for them to deliver to your table.
We’re going back to try the pizzas, but tonight we opted for hamburgers which are served with sides of macaroni salad…both spicy and good. Fries are extra but we had those too. I haven’t had a good hamburger in ages so I really enjoyed this one.
One of the two women who shared their table with us had a salad that was HUGE and looked wonderfully appetizing. It was enough to serve four people generously. I’d like to try it sometime and share with a handful of friends.
Joe and Mary Lou Mackenzie were there and stopped by our table to visit. They were classmates and good friends of Todd’s and we’ve stayed in touch. Joe IS the Salina Public Library. We shared our table with people who, as it turned out, Lynn had met when she first moved to Salina. You’re bound to rub elbows with someone you know.
We hear reports about the other brewery on south 9th where they only serve beer. If you want something to eat, you can take your own food, sandwich, casserole, crockpot…it doesn’t matter. At this point in my life, I don’t want to attend potluck dinners or take my own food anywhere…I want to experience what someone else is willing to prepare. But, I’ll go try the beer, which I hear is very good with many options to choose from.
If you have time to stop by the Blue Skye Brewery for dinner, I think you’ll really enjoy it. The Brewery has to be a good shot in the arm for downtown Salina. Maybe some day soon they’ll be open for lunch. That would be a good thing.
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