Friday, September 30, 2011

Pretzel Throw Down #4: Hopworks Urban Brewery

Hopworks Urban Brewery offers a Pint "O" Pretzels ($2.75 happy hour 3pm-6pm). Although not in traditional pretzel twist form, these pretzels were a "must try" per several recommendations. My friend, Becky, accompanied me on this research mission and yes, those pretzels are sandwiched between two beer sampler plates. 

Pretzels: Glorified bread sticks with a buttery-salt aftertaste. They were most likely not dipped in lye. The  only thing keeping these on the pretzel list are the large salt granulars. The dough is made with beer bringing out a glorious yeasty complexity. These make great bread sticks!

The dips:  The HUB Lager mustard had a pleasant vinegar tangy punch. The Gruyere/Swiss beer cheese dip was a little on the runny side for being a cheese dip and could have used more flavor. Can you water down cheese dip?

The verdict: Excellent bread sticks for a great price. I didn't feel like I was eating a pretzel. 

Check out Becky's review of Hopworks  here.

Hopworks Urban Brewery
2944 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97202


JustinM said...

That looks really good, especially with the mustard. But you know I would rather have the garlic/black pepper sausage.

Lenia said...

They look really yummy!Καλό σου μήνα,κοριτσάκι!

Banana Wonder said...

JustinM - Haha I hereby challenge you to a So Cal Sausage Smack Down!

Lennia - Kalo sou mnva!

Helen said...

You know, I've never tried a pretzel with mustard before, just had it plain. I think I need to change that seeing that Oktoberfest festivals are just around the corner :) This pretzel looks good even though it's more like a bread stick. It's all carbs to me, ha!

Banana Wonder said...

Helen - WHAT?! You never had a pretzel with mustard before? What do you guys eat there in Ca on your pretzels?

Helen said...

Haha! Whenever I have purchased a pretzel, it's been from a bakery and they don't offer mustard for it so I end up eating it plain. I'm sure the mustard takes the pretzel to a whole other level of taste.

Banana Wonder said...

Helen - Oh dear, you must try it with some whole grain mustard... would probably be fun to eat with a nice crisp white!