Best Brewery: Avon Brewing Company
With brewer Mathias Hauck, Chef Brian Weaver and patriarch/go-to-guy Ken Weaver leading the charge here, Avon Brewing Company has accumulated its share of awards. “We tell people to come for the beer and stay for the food,” Hauck says.
Try Medicinal Wheat, an American wheat ale with a little citrus (a “patio pounder”) and pair it with a mixed berry salad topped with candid pecans, goat cheese and house vinaigrette. The Orhana, first brewed 15 years ago after the family visited Hawaii, is a pale ale of citra and mosaic hops, conditioned with Hawaiian pineapple puree and tropical notes. It pairs well with wings tossed in pineapple, Caribbean sweet and savory spice sauce. (Available in vegan made with fried Brussels sprouts.)
Or, opt for its first beer, the King Kokonut, an award-winning, malt-forward, imperial porter with flavors of toasted coconut. Go all out and pair it with a 10-ounce strip steak, grilled with roasted red sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts, topped with bacon/truffle butter and drizzled with a balsamic glaze.
37040 Detroit Road, Avon, 440-937-1816, avonbrewingcompany.com