Pennsylvania ranks high among the 50 states when it comes to craft beer. According to the most recent statistics compiled by the Brewer’s Association, the state comes in sixth, with 282 breweries, including a relatively new one that opened last spring at 19 N. Hanover St., in the former Carlisle Arts Learning Center.
With a little sleuthing online, we determined beforehand that free parking was available in the East Louther Street lot on Saturdays, so we parked there and walked over to Burd’s Nest Brewing Co., rather than struggle to find street parking.
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We entered into a large tasting room featuring an industrial decor with bar seating, wooden high tops and a long communal table for groups. A large, floor-to-ceiling front window faced the street and several televisions were tuned to sports when we arrived around noon. We noticed a few customers sipping a selection of samples, otherwise known as “flights,” but we didn’t see anyone eating lunch at the time, so we approached the bartender to find out if food was being served.
He handed us menus from a nearby pizzeria by the name of Seve-N-Dots Publik Pizza and offered to call in our order. We weren’t familiar with the food from Seve-N-Dots, but agreed to give it a shot. The menu was comprised of selections you’d typically order in a pizza place: sandwiches, salads, wraps, soup, subs, burgers and, of course, pizza (including dessert pizzas and an interesting sounding pierogi pizza).
We both settled on subs; my dining partner chose the meatball Parmesan ($7.50) and I ordered the Italian ($8). Of course, we couldn’t resist sharing a cup of “Stefanon’s Award-Winning Chili” for the name alone ($3.95).
Burd’s Nest offers a selection of American-style beer, so we selected the Sandpiper IPA to accompany our meals. Described on a menu as a “West Coast IPA with floral and citrusy aromatic qualities in addition to the orange, gooseberry, grapefruit and lemon notes,” it was flavorful and refreshing, and although I was initially interested in the Strawberry Wheat (they had run out), I was happy with the alternative.
The weather was lovely on the day of our visit, so I suggested eating outside to escape the din of the blaring televisions. The bartender informed us that, according to Pennsylvania law, he would have to take our beers outside for us, so he followed us to our table. About 15 minutes later, he returned to deliver our food, which was packaged like a traditional “to-go” order. We unwrapped our selections and finished our meals while watching the children roam the streets with baskets to collect candy from local businesses in celebration of Easter.
We both enjoyed our selections. The Italian sub contained a generous portion of Italian meats, along with aged provolone, tomatoes, onions and a chiffonade of romaine. The lightly toasted meatball sub was topped with a savory sauce and two types of cheeses—Parmesan and melted aged provolone. The chili was light on the beans and heavy on the vegetables, with small pieces of tomatoes, peppers and onions. The seasoning turned out to be a complex mélange of spices, with cumin being most prominent.
When we were done eating, we cleaned up after ourselves and paid our bill inside at the bar.
The partnership between Burd’s Nest and Seve-N-Dots Publik Pizza Place seems to be working well for both businesses, and if you’re fine with a no-frills approach to grabbing a beer and a bite, you’ll likely be happy with what the two businesses have to offer.
Up Next: Dinner at Twee Thai Kitchen in Lower Allen Township.