The 11 restaurants participating in Elkhart Dining Days are flexing their muscles and showing off their strengths in their special menus. For New Paradigm Brewing Company, that means a fresh take on an American classic: burgers and beer.
Owner Brandon Stanley and his talented crew are offering a burger and beer flight during Elkhart Dining Days. For $20, you get slider versions of two New Paradigm favorite burgers and two that aren’t on the menu (at least not yet). Each slider is paired with a complementary craft beer made right here in the Midwest.
The all-American meal was made especially patriotic Wednesday night. Stanley turned on the TVs for the World Series of America’s favorite pastime as my fiancé and I sat down at our table. (Side note: Seriously, how awesome is it that the Midwest gets to shine in the World Series? It’s a big treat for me, because the Cleveland Indians are my original home team and the Chicago Cubs are the home team for my chosen adult home. This October rules.)
The burger flight at New Paradigm is served in a basket with a slider in each corner. A pile of french fries and a side of NP’s signature ketchup sits between the burgers.
Here’s the lineup:
- The pub burger is served with house IPA beer cheese, bacon and jalapeños. This is an American classic. The spice of the jalapeños is offset by the peppery bacon. It’s paired with Bell’s Brewery’s Oatsmobile Ale, a refreshing and hoppy Pale Ale. I am by no means a beer expert, but I have sampled my share of craft beers. This one is an instant classic and is light enough for any beer drinker.
- The meat candy burger features fire-roasted tomato jam, candied bacon and Monterey jack cheese and Sriracha cream. The Sriracha adds necessary fire to an otherwise pretty sweet burger. The candy name is not a joke — it’s not quite a dessert but it’s headed in that direction. It’s very good, though different than your typical savory burger. It’s fittingly served with Founders Brewing Company’s Breakfast Stout. This stout has a fantastic, strong coffee flavor with hints of chocolate. It’s not sweet, but when paired with the meat candy burger it tastes like an after-dinner treat.
- The Bulleit burger isn’t featured on the regular New Paradigm Menu, but it probably should be. The burger is topped with a thick slice of smoked gouda and is cushioned by a bed of caramelized onions in a Bulleit bourbon glaze between the patty and the bottom bun. It’s also surprisingly sweet, but not quite candy-like. It’s accompanied by Mountain Town Brewing Company’s Trainwreck served from a nitro tap, which means it’s carbonated with nitrogen instead of carbon dioxide. The result is a creamy, thicker beer and bubbles rising up beneath the head. The effect was gorgeous in this amber ale and the beer itself was refreshing.
- The pico suave burger was my favorite of the four. The patty is topped with pepper jack cheese, house-made pico de gallo, perfect little slices of avocado and house-made chipotle ranch. This burger is fresh and bright and delightful. I hope to see this one on the regular New Paradigm menu soon. It was paired with my favorite of the four beers as well — Goshen Brewing Company’s Pumpkin Bine. Named after the local Pumpkinvine Trail, this beer is made with real pumpkin puree in the mash. It’s dark and smooth and quickly became my favorite pumpkin beer. I asked for this one to come before the rest of the beer because I was so excited to try it, and I was not disappointed.
The burgers and beer were too filling for us to enjoy dessert, but New Paradigm is also serving apple and jalapeño-berry hand pies for $5.
There’s no telling if or when the Bulleit and pico suave burgers will appear on New Paradigm’s regular menu, but I hope to see both soon. If you want a bite — and trust me, you want a couple bites — make sure to stop into New Paradigm during Elkhart Dining Days through Oct. 29.