Before I left Green Bay to make my way down to Milwaukee, I stopped off and had lunch at the Titletown Brewing Company in downtown Green Bay (see map). I was hankering for a Reuben and I thought I'd give it a try.
Titletown Brewing Company is housed in the historic Chicago and Northwestern railway depot that was originally built in 1898-99. It was in use until 1971 as a passenger depot, then was eventually made into a freight depot. In 1994, the building was basically abandoned and sat idle for a couple of years.
In the summer of 1996, a group of investors bought the building and transformed it into a brewpub which opened in December of that year. Titletown Brewing Company is named after the nickname locals call Green Bay after the Packers won so many NFL championships before and during the Super Bowl years.
Titletown Brewing has a large parking lot stretching along the north side of the building. I was able to get a parking spot and a seat at the bar around 12:15 with no problem. The bartender gave me a food menu and I checked out the beer menu they had on a chalk board above the bar. Unfortunately, they didn't have descriptions of the various beers they were pouring, so I was at a loss as what to get.
I asked the bartender about the Hopasaurus Ale. She said it was their most hopped beer. I said, "Do you have a pale ale?"
She said, "Hopasaurus IS our pale ale."
Oh! OK! I'll take that, then. I felt sort of stupid.
While they did have a full menu of appetizers, salads, burgers, sandwiches and entrees, like I said in a post a couple weeks ago, I had been having a hankering for a good ol' Reuben lately. So that was a no-brainer. I also got an order of their french fries on the side when I ordered the sandwich.
The Hopasaurus Beer did have a good forward taste to it. Definitely more hoppy than an American Pale Ale, the bitterness in the taste didn't linger like you find with some India Pale Ales. It was very good and I wish I'd picked up a "growler" of the stuff. But, like I say, I'll be back to Green Bay sometime soon.
My sandwich came and it was lightly grilled with a lot of nice thick chunks of corned beef. (Turkey Reuben's are also available at Titletown.) It was a serious spot hitter. I don't know if it is as good as the one I've had at The Stein in downtown Green Bay, but it was damn good.
Lunch with the sandwich, beer and a tip came to about $13 bucks. Before I left, I walked around the bar and dining area of Titletown Brewing to check out some of the historic old pictures and memorabilia from when the trains ran to town.
Good beer, good food - Titletown Brewing Company is a very good brewpub. It's definitely worth another visit when I get back to Green Bay.