Beer makes you hungry. Food makes you thirsty. If ever there were a happy marriage based on true, reciprocal love, it is this.
Which is why you can hardly visit a taproom in the Twin Cities without spying a food truck idling nearby. That's the way it's been at Fulton Brewing in the North Loop for years -- until now.
Starting today at 3 p.m., the new Fulton taproom kitchen will be up and running, obviating the need for a rotating cast of independent food trucks. It's sad in a way, since we love those independent purveyors as much as anyone, but it makes sense for Fulton. Wrangling different trucks to feed their customers, month after month is an exhausting routine.
Henceforth, one giant airstream trailer will be permanently parked outside the taproom. From there, celebrated local chef Scott Pampuch (founder of Corner Table in south Minneapolis) will be serving up a nice-n-easy mix of barroom fare. Think brats, meats, pretzels, and sammies, made with many local ingredients, such as Red Table Meats and Lowry Hill Meats. Sara's Tipsy Pies has crafted a chocolate hand pie made with Fulton's Russian Imperial Stout, War & Peace.
The standout is the porchetta sandwich with Pampuch's thoroughly perfected porchetta recipe boosted by arugula, tomato, juniper aioli, and chewy, grilled ciabatta. Cut that fat with a swig of crisp lager and you're in business.
Check out the full menu below and taste the food for yourself starting today. And keep your eyes peeled for potential late-night food service, special Twins gameday feasts, and perhaps even lunch service in the future.
Fulton Brewing Taproom
414 Sixth Ave. N., Minneapolis