December 28, 2016
Like Lazarus of Bethany, who was revived by Jesus after being dead for four days, I too was revived by my most recent trip to this brewery. Too often tap rooms and breweries stick to a stale industrial format, becoming cold and unwelcoming.
Not only was the staff at Lazarus Brewery warm and friendly, the large garage-style shutter doors were wide open, furthering the illusion of acceptance. The brewing equipment, while still visible, was tucked away as if to say “yes, that beer you're drinking was brewed in-house but we’re also interested in offering you more.”
After ordering our beer we took a spot outside under the pale lighting. Freshly cut from soft, lightly colored wood, you could almost smell the sawdust from the tables and benches. The presumably private parking lot was easily accessible and perfectly located near the brewery and seating area.
While my cohorts indulged in a Double Predestination and a Nottingham, I started with the First Noël. Being right around the holiday season, this 6.2% ABV French Saison seemed like a great start. Admittedly, the saison was a little sweeter than I prefer, but this is typical of the brew type.
The Double Predestination quickly became my choice for round two. This double IPA left nothing to be desired except the potential for seconds. After two glasses of this thick dark drink, you may consider that your limit as the Double Predestination boasts a hearty 8.2% ABV.
During a follow up trip to Lazarus a few days later, I decided to start with a Nottingham as the sip I had previously both delighted and intrigued my tastebuds. This English IPA possesses an impressive 5.7% ABV and poured smooth with a creamy head.
The word had clearly gotten out about this new east 6th brewery as the congregation had severely increased. Despite the accumulated volume of thirsty visitors, we were still able to secure a space outside, chain-smoke cigarettes, liberate some libations, and watch the welcomed dog-owners gather in the balmy sun.
While the menu is small, the smell of the cuisine wafts from the kitchen, engulfing the medium sized brewery. Without even checking the menu, your imagination is allowed to soar. We decided to take a tour of the menu, ordering everything they had.
The quaint, but efficient kitchen offers five different taco choices for breakfast and four during lunch and dinner. Sadly, if you aren’t of the meat eating variety, the menu is few and far between. However, as this brewery is still young, the offerings are prone to change.
In an effort to further set themselves apart from other breweries, Lazarus has the option to become a Patron Saint, a rather curious menu item which will set you back $1000. You may be asking yourself what this sainthood provides, especially with that price tag.
Becoming a Patron Saint means you can get a custom glass, complete with your name, affording you one free beer a day for life. Since each glass averages $5 - $6, it shouldn’t be long until you recoup this cost.
With its placement This brewery has rapidly become a new gathering place for me and my friends.
“Let's just meet at Lazarus.”