Don’t Be a Douche at The Hay Merchant
I have become quite the “beer snob” during my adventures on the food and beverage circuit. I specifically find myself requesting “nitros” and using the word “bro” excessively. My husband says that I drink “man beers” and for some reason that makes me proud!
Over the weekend we decided to try something a little out of the ordinary and visited The Hay Merchant who define themselves as ” a proud bunch of beer enthusiast obsessed with serving the very best food and craft beers they can get and delivering it in the way it was meant to be enjoyed!” and they do just that with their powerful and expansive beer menu!
But before you can get into the beer you have to figure out how this place works.
First let’s talk signage. If you know where you’re going, then you know where you’re going.. period, but for those of us who rely on “reading” and “directional signs” a little something on the building..like “The Name” would be dope!
Secondly, the Hay Merchant “Bouncer” while uber polite & helpful caught us off guard. Maybe putting the nice young man in a hosts booth with a sign that says “Please show ID” and “Seat yourself” would be two optimum additions & would cut down on the backlog of idiots (myself included) with the “what’s next” look on their faces after entering the space and flashing their ID.
You have no waitress, so stop looking around when your beer is gone and go to the bar for a refill. The nice young lady that came to take your initial order is now behind the bar WORKING, so just be patient or get up and move around a bit, don’t be a douche! They will appreciate that.
Now back to the good stuff the BEERS AND BITES! I love the flavor of a full bodied beer preferably with the highest IPU’s available so I tried the Founder’s Devil Dance and the Deschutes Obsidian (Nitro) both were all I have every prayed for in a beer, with their dark, flavorful, caramel and chocolate notes I almost forgot about the little nibbles I ordered.
A MUST TRY are the Sweet and Spicy Pig ears, that are fried to perfection, then hit with a little cinnamon, sugar, salt mixture and served HOT in a paper bag that is meant to be ripped open on site! The Wagyu beef jerky was ok, I am not a fan of jerky because I have weak teeth, my husband liked it and thought they paired well with his “girly” beer!
If you happen to be in the area, might I suggest you stop at Underbelly for your dinner and have your night cap directly next door at The Hay Merchant! Tell Chef, Chris Sheppard (Underbelly) that we said hello and congratulate him on his James Beard award!