I love alliteration, Yep, I even remember when I learned about it in an English class long long ago. I have used it even when silly for titles -- building on the time when I worked at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and the titles for articles were sometimes generated in long, goofy on occasion, brainstorming sessions. The mag has changed a LOT since then -- click here for its current form -- but alliteration still works for me. Beef and Brew. Yep, an alliterative joint on Main Street in Geneva. Some say the alliterative tendency is even more prevalent for these sorts of places (and steak places). Others say "Never trust an alliterative restaurant." Anyway, back to Geneva's Beef and Brew. Here's its website.
I ate at there on a blustery April Sunday, after a charity event to raise funds for Japanese survivors of the earthquake and tsunami. It was, by the way, amazing -- taiko drumming.
The Beef and Brew has loads of beers. Truly loads. Mostly bottled, and organized into varieties with descriptions. (One key foodie/drinker question: when exactly did we start a few lines after things on menus and wine lists describing them -- fruity, malty, garnished with a coulis of. . . . local, flash fried and then braised . . . . ) The beer list is indeed dandy. Click here if you want to see their beer list. Plan to spend some time if you like beer. I had a kona fire rock, even though it was not yet 5 pm. And yes, kona made me think coffee, and hawaii, which is where the bottle indicated the Kona Brewing Company is. However, this particular bit of beer was bottled and brewed in Vermont. Interesting, eh? The beer was described as a bit malty, which it was, and I liked it a lot. For me, one of the dandy facts about Kona Firerock is that it does not stuff me up, which some beers do.
The menu at Beef and Brew includes a variety of things; most memorable (though not something I ordered) beef and stilton pie and chicken pot pie. Instead, we had the exact things we intended when we went in: burgers. I had a blue cheese with bacon burger. And, perhaps because the need for one was high, we concluded that they were quite good. Better than. . . . well, most places in Geneva. They come with one side, and of course one of us got the steak fries (which were pretty ordinary I think) and I had (weird I know) home made apple sauce. A tad too much cinnamon for my taste, but otherwise ok.I like my apple sauce chunky.
A few comments on ambience and servcie: (a) The bathroom reeks of floral air freshener. It so put me off I had to comment. Why do people think such smells are better than nothing? Do they not know that some people are made violently ill by such smells? Do they not know. . . well, you get my drift. If I can, I will never use the bathroom there again. (b) The waitress was, on the one hand, over eager -- and thus we felt rushed -- and on the other hand way too casual. I finally said we simply needed a few minutes and to go away. She did a reasonably though not great job of noting when we put menus down and appeared ready to order. I like efficiency -- but I do not like to be rushed or pestered. Nor am I a big fan of the phrase "no problem." IN fact, she said it so often that it led to an interesting discussion of when that phrase entered the American vernacular and what exactly it means. Like George Carlin and certain words, inflected in a variety of ways the phrase seems to mean almost anything. And in this case, it felt a tad like -- will you just order you pain in the neck customers? (For a discussion of the phrase and surrounding etiquette issues, click here.) (c) The prices were reasonable -- we spent about $25 total. (d) The room we were in had lovely old pictures, a sort of odd huge (fake I think) fireplace, and a model ship. I had a sense that I now know where the pictures that pile up in local antique stores may end up. I think the ship theme was linked to the menu in some ways through the notion of a seaport, potentially English pub? There was vinegar for the fries on the table -- and as noted above, Beef and Stilton pie. (e) I kept saying -- isn't there more light in here than there used to be -- and it was true. There are lots of windows -- and it was DAYLIGHT out! IT is edging up to Spring here in good ol' Geneva.
To be honest, I enjoyed the place. Alliterative and edible and pretty darn tasty burger.For more (aod for location), click on the urban spoon logo below.