The Main Ingredient Ale House: Happy Hour Report Card
|The Main Ale and the Avery "White Rascal" on happy hour at TMI.|
The Hours: Almost every day of the week (closed Sunday) The Main Ingredient opens its doors at 11 am and offers happy hour pricing until 6 pm, and in case somebody's got a case of the Mondays, happy hour runs open to close on that dreadful day.
The Details: $2.50 for every craft beer they have on tap, half off wells, and $4 glasses of select wine. No food deals, but the regular menu is relatively affordable.
(the happy hour break down after the jump)
|The Cash Money sandwich at TMI-- This ain't your mama's PB&J.|
|The soup of the day: cream of asparagus.|
The Cost: A couple of brewskis, the soup du jour (mmm...that sounds good), green chile mac 'n' cheese, and a sammich came to 23 bucks before tax and tip. Not too shabby for a full meal for two and some fine ale.
The Conclusion: There was a bit of something for everyone on the beer list, and we settled for The Main Ale and a the Avery "White Rascal," a Belgian Wit. The beer list keeps it relatively local, highlighting breweries throughout the Southwest, and we spotted brews from California, Colorado and four from our very own state. Not too shabby for a couple bucks and change on happy hour.
|A huge slice of green chile mac 'n' cheese.|
The big winner of the evening had to be the surprising Cash Money sandwich ($6), which initially piqued our interest with a description of cashew butter, red pepper cabernet jelly, and sliced bananas. It was warm and melty, crispy and ooey gooey. It could easily have slid into dessert territory, but the semi-sweet cashew butter and spicy jelly added complexity to this glorified PB&J.
Awesome craft beers for less than a bottle of domestic at most places, and a delicious menu that puts a spin on traditional comfort food? Well done. Even without any deals on food.
Overall Grade: B