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Food

Mystery Diner: Nevin's Brewing Company has top-level brews and bites

PLAINFIELD – I could pretend I went to Nevin’s Brewing Company in Plainfield for the food.

Or, I could be honest, and say I was interested in trying their in-house beer selection. And I was hungry too.

So I chose Thursday to go.

When I went, they had a $10.99 all-you-can-eat wings deal on Thursdays and Sundays, now, it’s 59-cent boneless and 79-cent bone-in wings on the same days. Either way, there’s 13 sauces and 13 dusts you can try on those wings.

So, I tried as many as I could, including the whiskey root beer (decent), sriracha maple (outstanding) and apple bacon (good).

And, well, I came back again and tried the buffalo wings on a Thursday for 59 cents apiece. It wasn’t necessarily a unique buffalo sauce, but it had a solid amount of spice and left me satisfied with the choice.

If wings aren’t your thing, there is everything from $36.99 12-ounce Delmonico rib eye mushrooms, whipped potatoes and sautéed spinach to build-your-own mac and cheese ($8.99 plus $1.50 for added ingredient) to Prohibition pasta (from $9.99 spaghetti to $13.99 Frank Nitti baked ziti).

They also offer pizza ($11.99 for the set options or $9.99 plus $1.50 a topping for build-your-own) and burgers. There are 13 burger options. There’s anything from the $16.99 Fat Tuesday option with a 1/2-pound ground beef and andouie sausage patty stuffed with jalapeños and pepper jack cheese and topped with more pepper jack, jambalaya sauce, shrimp and fried onions to the $11.99 Bootlegger, which is a 1/2-pounder with cheddar, bacon and fried onions on top.

There are also taco platters for $12.99 (tacos are on a $2 special on Tuesdays) or 10 sandwich options (From $8.99 grilled cheese to a $13.99 firecracker shrimp po’ boy) of seven salad options (From $4.99 house salad to $13.99 salmon bruschetta).

But that brings me to the real reason I stopped by, the beer options. They give tours and have deals throughout the week, from four options for $4 32-ounce pitchers on Sundays to $3 select drafts on Wednesdays and Thursdays and a 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday Happy Hour.

At this point, I have tried plenty of them, but that night I started with the Southside Stout and Snitches Get Stitches. Both were well worth it in different ways and I lucked out to be sitting next to someone who worked there (but was off-the-clock) at the bar and got a sort of history of all of the brews on the menu as well.

Nevin’s was welcoming and offers plenty of options for your beer-drinking taste, from the Apocalyptinator (my favorite), a dark beer described as having “a big blast of caramel, chocolate and toasted toffee” to Quick Witted, their Belgian wit.

They also have two IPA options (Bigly Imperial IPA and Another IPA) and both are solid choices along with another of my favorites, Red in the Face, described as having caramel malts with “amounts of Mosaic and Chinook hops.”

And they also have growler options, which work well if you want to take your favorite options home in a 64-ounce version to share. Most of the brews are available in growlers for either $15 or $22 a fill along with a $6 up front charge for a growler.

Nevin’s is serious about making beer, you can find the signature brews at their other restaurants (Tommy Nevin’s Pub, The Kerry Piper and Muldoon’s) along with others around town. But the best option, in my opinion, is to go to the brewing company itself, where the beer is made, and check it out.

• The Mystery Diner is a newsroom employee at The Herald-News. The diner’s identity is not revealed to restaurant staff before or during the meal. The Mystery Diner visits a restaurant and then reports on the experience. If the Mystery Diner cannot recommend the establishment, we will not publish a review.

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IF YOU GO

WHAT: Nevin’s Brewing Company

WHEN: 11:30 a.m. to midnight Sunday, closed Monday, 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday

WHERE: 12337 S Rt. 59, Plainfield

INFO: Call 815-436-3900 or visit nevinsbrewing.com.

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