Brewhaus Gastropub hosts Record Store Day April 18
Imagine you’re enjoying a plateful of flame-grilled brats and Bavarian nachos washed down with a tall, refreshing glass of Dogfish Head’s finest brew, while the dulcet melodies of your favorite music gently flow into your earhole, straight from a real vinyl record playing on an actual turntable.
This could be your life on Saturday, April 18 when Brewhaus Gastropub hosts Dogfish Head Brewery and Chad’s Records for an all-day parking lot party to celebrate worldwide Record Store Day.
Record Store Day was created in 2007 by a group of independent record store owners and employees as a way to recognize and spread the word about the distinctive culture that exists in independently owned record stores, such as Chattanooga’s own Chad’s Records and thousands of similar stores all over the world. Record stores on every continent except Antarctica are taking part in Record Store Day—and Brewhaus is stepping up the celebration game with this day-long celebration.
Dogfish Head is the official beer of Record Store Day, which fits right in with the brewery’s philosophy of “Analog beer for the digital age.” This philosophy merges more traditional methodologies with modern taste to create beers that are truly unique and individualistic. The brewery has teamed up with Crosley turntables to release a Record Store Day briefcase-style portable turntable bearing original art from legendary rock poster artist Marq Spusta.
Brewhaus will have one of these exclusive turntables on hand to spin vinyl selections from Chad’s and is inviting diners to bring their own records to play while sampling some exceptional brews from the bar and delicious German-American pub grub from the kitchen.
The event starts at 11 a.m., and they will keep the music and beer flowing until midnight. Brewhaus will be serving their regular menu, which is jam-packed with dishes that are the perfect fuel for a full day of music and fermented malt beverages.
The Bavarian House Nachos are a brilliant culinary innovation that replaces boring tortilla chips with a plateful of silver-dollar-sized, crispy potato cakes, then tops them with handfuls of melty cheese, crisp lettuce, tomato and sour cream.
No self-respecting German-American restaurant menu would be complete without a Bavarian pretzel, and Brewhaus has one that is hubcap-sized, pillowy soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. They are served with a trio of house-made cider mustard, horseradish mustard, and my favorite, the cherry ale mustard.
For the more dedicated carnivore, there is the Brewhaha. The meaty delight is a grilled, beer-marinated brat and a smoked sausage cuddled up in a bed of tangy sauerkraut. This sausage party is accompanied by German potato salad (no mayo, this is a vinegar-based potato salad), ale mustard, and a vegetable medley that would be in danger of being beaten up by the grilled meats if it weren’t so goldarned tasty.
If you prefer your meats tucked snugly between pieces of bread, Brewhaus has a selection of sandwiches and burgers to go with any style of beer and any style of music floating through the Record Store Day air. My favorite is the half-pound beef Glockenspeil burger. Topped with a touch of sauerkraut, sweet pickled beets, a thick slice of melted Swiss cheese, lettuce and tomato piled between two soft pretzel rolls, this beautiful burger will make every part of your tongue sit up and sing in harmony as the sweet beets provide a perfect foil against the savory beef, buttery roll, and slight tang of the sauerkraut.
Dogfish Head is making available a bountiful selection of their award-winning and spectacularly good beers to toast record stores, your favorite vinyl and anything else you can think of to serve as an excuse to drink these delicious beers. Brewhaus will be pouring some of Dogfish Head’s best like the citrusy and hoppy 60 Minute IPA, the Belgian-style white Namaste, their Deltron 3030 inspired Positive Contact, and so many more.
They will also have their signature bartender’s choice flights that feature five 4-oz samples, including two high-gravity beers and three low-grav selections picked just for Record Store Day by their crack beer research team.
Mark your calendar, whet your appetite and get your taste buds set for some malted, hoppy goodness because there ain’t no party like a parking lot party, and this Brewhaus party won’t stop (well, not until midnight, because they are kind to their neighbors).
224 Frazier Ave. (on the Northshore)
Mo-Th: 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Fri-Sat: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Sun: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.