“Sliders” used to refer to thin, grilled burgers. Not necessarily everybody’s thing, these burgers were usually cooked by the dozen, sold in inexpensive bundles and then quaffed more than eaten.
The big ones were a tenth of a pound and sold three for $1. Tinier ones sold by the half-dozen, and do so to this day. Sliders have come a long way, as has craft beer these days. Both are now standard gastropub fare and a higher art form.
In that vein, I decided to check out Craft Sliders + Beer in the Old Market. I decided to have a boy’s night with my brother-in-law Ray and my nephew Alex. Having varied tastes, it seemed appropriate to choose a location with good staples in great varieties. Plus, I always insist everyone get on board with craft beer to shop local and drink real American beer, as we once did before Prohibition killed the U.S. beer palate.
The best part of taking multiple people on a review is that I get to convince them that my duty involves a sip and a bite of everything they order. I had the Keg Creek Mongold (5% ABV, $5) a large sip of the Founder’s Rubaeus Raspberry (5.7% ABV, $5.50) and the Nebraska Brewing Co. Cardinal Pale Ale (5.7% ABV, $5.50).
Almost everything is priced from $5 to $7.50, except the Dogfish Head Raison d’Extra Belgian (16% ABV, $11.50). There’s a very good sampling of stouts, ales, IPAs, pale ales, fruit beers, ciders, kolaches, sours, wheats, blondes and lagers. Craft also has a nice selection of wines, local bottled options and a few of your mundane domestics.
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Our server, Jamie, was very friendly and helpful, especially considering how busy the place was during my visit. She made some great recommendations for the table based on our tastes. She returned several times to check on us.
One could come here and just drink. There are certainly enough beer options to satisfy even the broadest of tastes, but one look at the food menu and you will undoubtedly want to have at it. In addition to our beers, Jamie recommended the Hang Time, with teriyaki chicken, ham, Swiss, pickled onion and pineapple chutney on brioche with loaded tots (Founder’s Solid Gold Cheese, bacon, onion, tomato, chives and ranch). Delicious. Do tip her well when you see her.
Happy hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, featuring $1 off drafts and wine, plus one slider with fries for $5 or two for $9. Daily specials include hot chicken for $3.50 on Mondays; the original slider with American for $3 on Tuesdays; a Craft slider for $3.50 on Wednesdays; the Blue for $3.50 on Thursdays; a Cubano for $3.50 on Fridays; the Hang Time for $4 on Saturdays; and the Vegan for $3.50 on Sundays. Private dining and catering are available. Call or check the website for details.
I hope to see you there.