Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Cameron Village: October Brews + Guilt-Free Dishes at Village Draft House

Despite the heat still sticking around, October is here and a visit to the local Village Draft House is in order, especially if you are looking for football, beer and patio (dog-friendly) dining in Cameron Village.

Village Draft house hosts 100 beers on tap, one of a handful or less of local establishments in the Triangle with that many beers on draft and many of them NC local beers. We sampled a few brews last week and singled out a couple worth checking out this month. First was the fitting OKTOBERFEST beer, a combined effort from Bitburger Braugruppe a German brewery in collaboration with Sierra Nevada. Smooth and refreshing, this joint effort from the two breweries features a classified hop blend that has never been shared outside the German brewery walls. A second standout this month is the Code of Conduct New England style IPA from NC brewery Pitt Street in Greenville, a sweet and citrusy hazy IPA. I should also mention the clean and crisp Et Tu? Brut IPA is worth trying from local brewery Gizmo as well.

Wednesday, November 6, from 6-8pm, the Village Draft House will host a Release Party of Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout.  A unique breakfast stout aged in bourbon barrels that previously housed maple syrup!

If you are a Raleigh local and frequent Cameron Village often, you know that Village Draft House is a great spot for bar food, snacks, beer, football and patio dining. I wanted to highlight a few tasty (and surprising) dishes that lean on the side of healthier choices that you may not be aware are on their current menu.

Village Draft House features a Poke bowl made with 6oz wild caught Ahi Yellowfin tuna  tossed in a poke sauce atop a salad base, tri-color couscous and quinoa blend, cucumber, carrots, red onion and crushed avocado! Then the whole bowl is drizzled in a boom boom sauce. It's a delicious, fresh and healthy option for lunch or dinner.

Another delicious dish is the Mojo Chipotle Chicken Bowl featuring a garden blend long grain and wild rice topped with black beans, their own mojo marinated chicken breast, corn, crushed avocado, pico de gallo, and tortilla strips with chipotle aioli on the side. BONUS TIP: Make sure to get a piece of cornbread along with your meal, its SO good I'd almost consider it dessert!

Lastly, if you are craving a burger, this one leans on the healthier side. The Village Draft House Grass Fed Burger, grass fed, grass finished (i.e., from cattle that ate nothing but grass and forage for their entire lives), ground beef (all natural raised without the use of antibiotics or hormones, free raised, and higher in Omega-3) with white cheddar served with a delicious tomato and cucumber salad on the side. This burger has amazing flavor!

Cooler weather IS on the way! Here's to Fall! Get out and enjoy food + drink on the patio at Village Draft House soon!

HOURS: Monday - Thursday: 11am - 12am, Friday - Saturday: 11am - 2am,
Sunday: 11am - 12am

ADDRESS: 428 Daniels Street, Raleigh
T (919) 833-1373

OKTOBEFEST Brew from Bitburger + Sierra Nevada on draft

Poke Bowl (and sweet cornbread)

New England Style IPA and Oktoberfest Beers

Mojo Chipotle Chicken Bowl

Grassfed Village Draft House Burger

#CVTRENDREPORT: I'm excited to partner again with Cameron Village this FALL to feature some of the great merchants in the Village and highlight some 2019 Fall trends and great "hidden gems". I love shopping, dining, drinking, exploring local and it's been an amazing opportunity to get to know these merchants, their stories and their passion for what they do!

Happy 70th birthday this Fall to the Shops at Cameron Village! Be sure to stop by and join the planned festivities in OCTOBER!

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