Vintage Brewing Company A Retro Treasure

With an expansive menu and delicious brews, this is one brewpub to check out

Nestled in a spot that was once a brewery … is another brewery. While Vintage Brewing Company has had a location downtown on University Avenue since 2002, the one-and-a-half-year-old west-side location is like the mature, more polished sibling to the rowdier party kid. Although downtown’s got an enviable patio, the west side has enviable everything else: spacious seating for 175 people, huge menu, brewing on-site and more retro knickknacks than you can shake a shag carpet at.

“We wanted to have the same elements here [as downtown],” says co-owner Brittany Kraemer. “Here it’s fun and eclectic. Kids love it, and the older generation appreciates it, too.”

Some of the menu items (roasted turkey plate, BBQ smoked beef brisket, mac and cheese, roasted chicken and meatloaf) are surely ones you’ve eaten as a kid, but also find fish tacos, nine different types of burgers (check out the grilled cheese cheeseburger), wraps, soups, salads and entrees.

“I call it elevated Americana,” explains co-owner and brewmaster Scott Manning. “It’s comfort-food classics, but there are little twists on them. Part of that’s the beer.”

VBC’s own beers are used in some of the gravies, house-made pretzels, beer-battered shrimp and more. Find five of their most popular brews on-tap permanently; others rotate in seasonally. For summer Manning says the Weiss-Blau and Whippoorwill (Belgian-style witbier) are most quaffed.

“We cover the beer spectrum pretty well,” says Manning, who notes they’ve brewed fifty-five types since they’ve opened. “It’s been a fun ride.”

Vintage Brewing Company, 674 S. Whitney Way. 204-BREW.

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