Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Dodging Duck Brewhaus & Pub - Boerne, Texas

Boerne sits a comfortable drive from almost everything--if a person's idea of almost everything means the best of the eastern Hill Country and the gateway city of San Antonio.

Travelers arrive in Boerne to find a quaint historic village, appealing scenery, unique shops and great food and drink.

There are more good eateries than you can enjoy in a weekend but among my favorites is the Dodging Duck Brewhaus & Pub on SR 46 across from Cibolo Creek.  In nice weather, drinkers and diners can see the quacking action.

Keith, owner, brewmaster and smile-maker behind the Pub says the ducks from the creek named the establishment.  I'm wondering if they knew he'd put in a Ducky Hour weekdays from 3pm-6pm with discounts on house-made beer wine and appetizers.

There's a laid-back appeal to outdoor seating, particularly when you have time to watch the sky change colors at sunset...and you're sipping a new-to-you international wine, especially if you're taking the edge off your hunger with an interesting cheese plate, gratis with the purchase of the bottle of wine.  

I've been to the Duck a couple of times.  Loved it all except the fried green tomatoes, which had a breading rather than my favorite deep-South prep of cornmeal crusting.

My friend Kitty and I split an antelope burger--a juicy, flavorful meal-for-two-sized affair from regionally-raised game--served on a sweet cheddar jalapeno sourdough bun. That bun is worth a trip all by itself. No I don't have a picture.  We ate the composition before I remembered the camera...but I recommend you go try it, remembering to take a picture first if you can wait that long.
Another day I tried the salmon burger and grilled chicken lettuce wraps.  The tastes-like-it-was-swimming-this-morning salmon is flaked and pattied without filler then grilled and served on that previously mentioned scrumptious bun. With sweet potato fries.  Best salmon burger I've ever had.  The chicken lettuce wrap had a just-right sauce--peanutty with a hint of heat at the end.

Keith brews four beers at a time in a building behind the pub.  Over the course of a year, he'll brew 20 different kinds so you'll probably get something other than those I tried.  

Every palate is different, so I hope you'll take my preference as just that.  I enjoyed the Quackinator Doppelbock which reminded me of a good German bread--yeasty, balanced and deep, with a bonus chocolaty finish.  It was the one I'd order again.  The others included a vanilla beer and an orange beer which weren't bad but I'm not looking for those flavors in beer.

I'm thinking of taking Denny to the Duck for his birthday.  I think he'd like the saucy menu, fresh-brewed beer and sitting on the porch.  He'd probably like the owner's motto too--

Carpe Anatem (Seize the Duck)!!!
  
If you go:
The Dodging Duck Brewhaus & Pub
402 River Road, Boerne, Texas 78006 
dodgingduck.com 
phone: (830) 248-3825
Sun-Thurs. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.,  Fri-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Copyright 2009-2011 Kathleen Scott, for Hill Country Mysteries. Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.

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