By Denise DePaolo
Photos by Alana Snyder
“Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy.” – Benjamin Franklin
Wooden Legs Brewing Company is found on a quiet offshoot of Brookings’ main drag. And although the craft brewery and restaurant has gathered a diverse, diehard following during its eighteen months in business, one can’t help but feel they’re in on a secret shared with only the most dedicated, worthy drinkers. The décor is utilitarian and modern, yet inviting. When we stopped by midafternoon on a Wednesday, there were several people bellied-up to the bar, partially consumed pints in front of them.
As my dining companion and I walked in, we were greeted enthusiastically by the bartender (or “pubkeeper” as they’re called). When we started asking questions about Wooden Legs’ own microbrews, he gave us a few samples to try. The first was Wild Hare Cream Ale (which is being rebranded on October 25th as Hobo Brew, the official beer of Hobo Day 2014), the second was the What We Got IPA and the third was the Pepper Jack Chili Lager.
The copper-colored cream ale was smooth, yeasty and sweet. The IPA was crisp and hoppy. The Pepper Jack was a party in a glass.
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