Tony Saccos of Granger to feature Founders Brewing Co. tap takeover

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By: Eric Strader
ericstrader69@gmail.com

Photo supplied by Tony Sacco's

Tony Sacco’s at Toscana Park in Granger not only has great pizza, but breweries are recognizing them as a craft beer destination and providing them with limited edition beer.

Some of these rare beers have included Founders KBS (bourbon-barrel-aged imperial stout, 12.4 percent ABV, 70 IBUs), Goose Island Bourbon County Stout (bourbon barrel aged imperial stout, 14.2 percent ABV, 60 IBUs), and Brew Dog Tokyo (imperial stout, 16.5 percent ABV, 85 IBUs), which is a hard beer to find anywhere.

A series of tap take overs has been planned for Tony Saccos, including a Founders Brewing Co. event on March 21. Jesse Arrendondo of Tony Sacco’s told me, “Part of the goal is to bring beers not available in regular distribution channels or that are extremely limited in their availability.” One example will be on the tap list for this event, Misty Mountain Hop Brown Ale (8 percent ABV, 64 IBUs). According to a Founders Twitter post on Jan. 7, this was a taproom-only beer with “nutty malt character and great aroma.”  This is a rare pub-only exclusive that few locations outside of Founder’s tap room will receive. Only three kegs made it to Indiana, and two went to Indianapolis.

In addition to Misty Mountain, the tap list will include the first Backstage Series release of 2016 Mango Magnifico (10 percent ABV), 2015 Backstage Series release Project Pam (a maple syrup black IPA that is bourbon barrel aged, 10.8 percent ABV), All Day IPA (4.7 percent ABV, 42 IBUs), Curmudgeon Old Ale (2015), and Imperial Stout (10.5 percent ABV, 75 IBUs). All beers will be on tap beginning at 5 p.m.

Tony Sacco’s is a small franchise group with about seven restaurants in four states that specialize in New York-style pizza made with thin crust. They focus on using fresh products and don’t use any freezers, fryers or microwaves. Their custom 1000 F anthracite-coal-fired oven is their primary cooking and production tool. Their pizza sauce is made from scratch with Italian plum tomatoes, fresh basil and garlic for a a fresh old-world tomato taste. They choose quality mozzarella and filter the water used for their sandwich bread, pizza dough and beverages. They also offer oven-baked sandwiches, gluten-free wraps, and pizza creations.

Weekly specials include:

  • Monday: $3 off craft pints
  • Tuesday:  Six oven-roasted wings for $5
  • Wednesday:  1/2 price wine glass or bottle
  • Thursday: 1/2 price pizza all day, dine-in only.

Future tap takeovers include Great Lakes Brewing on April 25, Burn ’Em Brewing on June 27, 18th Street Brewing on July 18 and a tentative date of Oct. 24 for Mad Anthony Brewing Co.

The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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