I recently had the pleasure of being invited to Byway Brewing Company in Hammond Indiana!
Byway Brewing is a great new brewery on the scene, and they are already making huge waves in local craft beer competitions! They recently won three gold medals at the 18th Annual Indiana Brewers’ Cup competition for their Scottish Right Scottish Ale, ChIPA American IPA, and Oat Street Porter- which also won for Best in Show. On top of all of that, Byway was also awarded Brewery of the Year and Grand Champion Brewery of the Year!
In addition to the great craft brews, Byway is developing a unique and thoughtful menu for their brew pub. The menu includes both classic and unexpected dishes, all of which were delicious and very well executed by the chef. Check out some of my favorite dishes:
House Made Trail Mix
This homemade trail mix included spiced cashews, dried blueberries & cranberries, maple roasted peanuts, and pork belly bits. This trail mix was smokey, spicy, and a little bit sweet all at once. A great snack to accompany a few beers while you hang out in the tap room.
This poutine contained fries, cheese curds, pork belly, gravy, fried serranos, and poached eggs. That gravy though. I have dreams about this gravy. It’s made in house, and it is some of the most flavorful magical gravy I have ever had. I would make a trip to Byway for this poutine alone. Best. Poutine. Ever.
This dish was a braised, grilled baby octopus with chili, garlic, and olive oil. I never expected to find a braised baby octopus dish in a brew pub, but I’m really really glad that I did. This was an awesome flavorful appetizer, and it was also on the lighter side. Pub fare can often land on the heavier side, and this dish defied and exceeded all my expectations.
These mussels were perfectly cooked in a grilled lemon garlic-herb broth with onions, chilis, roasted carrots, ginger, garlic, cilantro, daikon sprouts. This was an out of the box take on a common dish, and the flavors in this broth were amazingly well developed. I can’t say enough good things. Try this.
Following our meal we got to take a little tour of the Byway Brewery!
In summary, my visit to Byway was fantastic. Hammond Indiana might sound far away, but it’s actually only about a 30 minute drive from Chicago! Do yourself a favor and check out some of the great brew pubs in Hammond, and definitely put Byway on that list!