Earlier this week, local brewery Schooner Exact (our pick for most school spirit) made the official transition from taproom to brewpub. A former storage and production space has been recast as a cheerful dining room with light wood tables, banquette seating, and a glassed-in view of dozens of barrels, inside which sour beer ages.
The menu isn’t fancy—Schooner doesn’t have a fryer or grill. But with chef Warren Peterson in the kitchen, the bill of sandwiches, salads, and snack-sized plates looks awfully appealing. Peterson, who built a reputation for his beer and food pairings during his tenure with Tom Douglas Restaurants, is offering heirloom grain and panzanella salads, a muffuletta, pulled-pork sandwich, and mixed-mushroom melt, as well as a pasta dish—orecchiette with broccoli, garlic, lemon, chili, and parmesan. Cured meats appear on an appetizer plate, as well as a few more sandwiches, and there’s are kid options and a soft pretzel to boot.
Oh, and let’s not forget the beer. Schooner still pours its full complement of beers by the pint, schooner, and sampler. Three of Schooner’s mainstay beers (the King Street Brown, 3-Grid IPA, and Hoppy Holidays( are now hitting grocery stores in 22-ounce bottles.
The brewpub is open from 11 to 9 every day. The kitchen is also raring to do carryout.