After looking over the new menu we had some serious decisions to make. The menu featured burgers, pizzas, steaks, seafood and even make your own mac and cheese!
My choice for the evening was the Seafood Diablo. This dish was composed of shrimp and scallops sautéed with red onions, roasted tomatoes, and garlic in a spicy tomato broth. It was then tossed with linguini pasta and served with two pieces of ciabatta bread.. ($18.99) The pasta was cooked slightly past al dente and the shrimp and scallops in the dish were cooked perfectly. In my dish I had 3 scallops and 4 shrimp to go with the large amount of pasta and roasted tomatoes. The broth really brought this dish together. It did have some heat to it, so if you are not a fan of spicy food you might want to take the word Diablo seriously! I was also glad the dish included bread so I could dip the bread into the juice along with the roasted tomatoes.
Overall everyone at the table enjoyed their meal. I was impressed with the menu changes and also how the quality of the food and presentation has improved. If you have not been to Willoughby Brewing Company in a while, I suggest you give their food a try very soon! Food wise they get a 4.5/5!
My friends and I have have been going to Willoughby Brewing Company for years to try different craft beers. Unfortunately, over time the beers were getting worse because of poor brewing practices and consequently we went less often. A few months ago new ownership took over and a new brewing regime began. They properly revamped the brewing system and dedicated themselves to brewing high quality beer again. To start our night out we decided to get the large sampler. For only $8.00 you get eight 4oz samples! This is probably the best sampler deal I’ve ever seen. Our waitress brought them to us with a clearly labeled piece of paper that had all of the beers names on it and then arranged them on the table for us. From left to right was the Toehead Blonde, Hazy Days American Wheat, Railway Razz, Peanut Butter Coffee Porter, GutterPup Porter, MoonShadow IPA, Rusty Rail American Pale Ale, and finally the WBC Maibock. What did not come on the sampler was the Hopnotic Imperial Red Rye IPA, which I gladly ordered for myself! Every single person at the table found at least 2 they really enjoyed. Personally, I liked all of them and was impressed with how each brew was very true to its style. My favorites of the samples were the Coffee Porter, the IPA, and the Maibock.
Atmosphere and Service
Willoughby Brewing is a fun environment for all occasions, that is also family friendly. Here are some pictures of the bar area which offers high top table seating and also booth seating. There is also a back dinning area that is slightly more formal than the bar area. The decor is what you would expect in a brewpub and I think they did a nice job showcasing the brewing area behind the bar. We choose to sit outside on the patio since the weather was beautiful, but it was too dark to take a picture by the time we left!
Our service for the evening was also great. Our waitress was knowledgeable, friendly and around when ever we needed her. The atmosphere for a brewpub is excellent and the service was equally as good, and score wise WBC gets a 4.75/5.
If you have not yet made your way to Willoughby Brewing Company you don’t know what you are missing. Excellent food, amazing craft beer, and overall just a great place to hang out with friends and family.