Out in Hillsborough, you’ll find a lot of farm land, fresh air and green trees along with the Mystery Brewing Public House! Part of a recent expansion of Mystery Brewing, Mystery Brewing Public House was created by knocking down a wall and adding a dining room. A recent invite from the Public House landed in my email inbox, a chance to sample their new brunch menu which premiered in April. So who can resist brunch and beer, not me! It was time to head out to Hillsborough for an late morning visit…
Now while I do cover a good chunk of the Triangle in my travels for good food, Hillsborough is pretty far away from home so I don’t often visit. But I was glad to get the invite and have an excuse to explore the area again! I turn onto Nash Street which is pretty quiet except for the small row of businesses that Mystery Brewing sits in. A large gravel lot across the way makes for easy parking and I hoof it on over to Mystery Brewing Public House. The Public House sits right next to the Hillsborough BBQ Company and the Nash Street Tavern so you’ve got some options for food on this end of the street! Inside the PR and media people are seated in the small and casual dining room for the Public House. I grab a seat with my foodie friends @meghereandthere and @jacknales and we are ready to go…
At the table I scan the menu and looks like some interesting choices! Six small plates, six entrees and six brunch items along with dessert. Given the small kitchen (sans fryer) here at the Mystery Brewing Public House, the food is not going to be your usual pub food. While the menu has some Southern flair, there are some more international twists with a beef pho, banh mi, hummus and olive oil cake on the menu. For our media visit, we’re doing a 5-course brunch paired with Mystery beers!
Our first taste of the Mystery Brewing Public House is a plate of colorful deviled eggs! Topped with a bit of pepper, prosciutto and toasted grain, the deviled eggs are really fresh and amped up with a spicy kick. The toasted grains add some crunchy texture to the back-end of these eggs. Some short rib tacos are next and punched up with some chimichurri sauce and pickled onions. These tacos are nicely soft and savory with a bit of green flavor from the chimichurri, nicely done!
We move on to our first official brunch item, the pimento cheese benedict. The plate is wonderfully bright full of yellow and orange hues from the cheese, egg and hollandaise. The benedict is served over a biscuit which blends in well with the richness of the cheese and yolk. A very satisfying vegetarian benedict if meat is off the menu for you! And for a final savory dish, Mystery Brewing Public House’s take on shrimp and grits: pickled shrimp with a grit cake. Paired with some indulgent collards on the side and gravy, this plate had a lot of flavor and playful texture.
The brunch piece de resistance was their beer sandwich cookie paired with an Irish stout, a great finish. The cookie is made with spent beer grains and is tender and sweet, wrapped around a soft cream filling. Very nicely done. Over the course of the meal we get to chat with Erik Lars Mysers of Mystery Brewing, he’s both owner and brewmaster here. He emphasized Mystery Brewing Public House’s commitment to local ingredients and farms to source the food on their menu. I’ve also had a chance to do a Mystery Brewing beer dinner last year, they do some solid brewskis!
So if you’re in the area and not in the mood for fried foods or barbeque (I have heard Hillsborough BBQ Company is quite good), check out the new Mystery Brewing Public House in Hillsborough. They are doing an eclectic take on Southern eats and are off to a good start. And yes, don’t miss that beer sandwich cookie!
230 S Nash Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278