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