Stopped in with Lori at the Caldera for a beer and some food after a conditioning hike. First time back to place in a number of years. The place is still very charming and positioned as a small neighborhood pub. It was a lovely day so we took advantage of their outside seating area. A perfect place on a warm Spring day. Our waitress was very helpful and attentive. They do not have a lot of micro brews on tap but for a short list they have some nice ones. I had a stout that was very nicely done with complex smoky flavor and a nice balance of hops. Lori had an ale and with her untrained palette accessed it as tasting like beer, cold and good. I ordered a couple of items from the happy hour menu and Lori ordered a burger. Prices were reasonable and the food was good. The general menu has a mix of pub grub and more restaurants still food. The inside seating is a nice mix of booths, tables and bar seating. A nice place to drop into for beer, food and conversation.
Caldera Public House – Neighborhood pub. I did not have to figure this out is says so on the sign.
It its earlier life the local drug store.
Looking at the bar in the main room for the front door. You can go straight through to the outside seating area.
Small main room but they get booths, tables and bar all in the room.
Working to get drinks ready at the bar.
A fun side nook area where a bath tub has become a love seat.
On a nice day this is where everyone goes. Nice family pub environment.
Nice outside seating area out back. Music in the evening.
Limited tap list but a few nice brews. Not the place for a picky beer snob.
Our range of food. I liked the tater tots. Lori like her hot spicy burger.
Jeanette and I got out to try a couple of places in the Mississippi Ave. area. Our first stop was Storm Breaker Brewing. Storm Breaker took over the location where Amnesia Brewing had been. It is a small neighborhood brewpub offering OK beer and a limited food menu prepared in a very limited kitchen. We had a look around and a beer and then headed on. We decide to do some pizza sampling and first went to Life of Pie then to Mississippi Pizza. With our pizza craving satisfied it was time to try another pub. We did a walk over to Ex Novo Brewing on N. Flint Ave. Ex Novo is unique in that 100% of their profits go the charity. They have done a major make over of an old warehouse. It was nicely done and we ordered beers and a little something to nibble on. All was good quality and it was a nice place to talk and finish our evening.
I got out for a pub-crawl with Jeanette. It has been a long while since we have had a chance to check out some places. This time we were in the Mississippi Ave. area. We started at a new pub called Ecliptic. Very good beer and a unique take on their hamburger but you did pay more for the quality. Afterwards we started walking up Mississippi Ave. we stopped by the old location of Amnesia Brewery to see how the conversion was going to a new pub. It did not look like they were making major changes and the sign said they would open in February. We continued up the avenue to Prost!. Folks had told me that I had miss judged this place. I guess I will never know as we found it small, crowded, noisy and no heaters on the patio. So we just walked through the place and kept on going. We made our way over to HUB’s Bikebar. It was busy but we got a seat right away. Compared to Ecliptic the prices were better and the food and beer was good but down a bit in quality. That wrapped up the evening for us old timers as we watched a younger crowd pour into the pubs, bars and eateries in the area.
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