HOUGHTON - Christmas is in the air and on tap at The Library Restaurant and Brew Pub. Through the holidays, the Houghton restaurant is once again featuring its Twelve Bell's of Christmas.
"We're going to have four on draft at a time," co-owner Jim Cortright said. "We'll be rotating them in and out as we get them."
Some of the featured favorites include Bell's Hopslam, Double Cream Stout, Christmas Ale, Hell Hath No Fury, Sparkling Ale, Winter White, Porter, and Third Coast Old Ale, each of which pairs nicely with the Library's deliciously diverse lunch and dinner menus.
The Library Restaurant & Brew Pub co-owner Julie Cortright, right, displays a variety of Library items available for purchase from pint glasses and growlers to t-shirts and cozies.
"We will have varieties that are either no longer available this year or special selections from Larry's cellar," Jim added. "They are: The Oracle, Quinannan Falls Special Lager and Black Note bourbon barrel aged ale. Christmas Ale is on tap right now and this is the only barrel available until next year."
Located on Isle Royale Street, the Library offers casual dining in a comfortable atmosphere with seating available in the bar area and overlooking the Portage Lake Canal.
New for the weekday lunch crowd is the Library's "888" lunch special, which includes a bundled meal priced at $8.88.
The "888" menu includes options such as soup, salad and half sandwich, which comes with brew fries and a soft drink; salads include a cup of soup and a soft drink; sandwiches and burgers include brew fries and a soft drink; and there are a variety of substitutions.
The soup, salad and half sandwich include the diner's choice of a Ceasar, strawberry-spinach or dinner salad.
"We've been in the process of trying to speed up lunch," said Jim, adding they recently purchased two pieces of high-efficiency commercial kitchen equipment. "We finally have a dedicated lunch menu, which we never had."
Co-owner Julie Cortright said the lunch special is named after the 888 seconds it takes to prepare the meal.
"That's just under 15 minutes," she said. "If we don't meet our time, you get a gift card for $8.88."
Of course there are some exceptions, she said. For example, larger groups will take longer.
Items prepared to well-done also take longer because they use fresh ingredients.
"It's been going over really well," Julie said. "It's good on to-go items as well."
For dessert, the Library is now offering specialty cheesecakes from the Cheesecake Factory and it's available by the slice or whole.
Julie said they carry a variety of flavors - currently original, vanilla thrilla, white chocolate raspberry and chocolate tuxedo mousse - at a time, however they can special order whole cheesecakes as well.
"It can be served with fresh berries," she said.
Additional changes for diners include international cuisine available daily. Originally, the Library featured international night Thursdays, however Jim said they've condensed their menu, selecting the top Mexican, Indian and Thai dishes, and now offer them with the regular dinner menu.
In conjunction with Sushi Tuesday, the Library also added fresh oysters, which are ordered tableside.
In addition to the Twelve Bell's of Christmas, the bar will be serving up a variety of holiday beverages, including Tom and Jerry drinks, and hot buttered rums through the New Year.
They also feature Starbucks coffee and dessert wine, which pairs perfectly with a slice of cheesecake.
Those who are still wrapping up their Christmas shopping can do so at the Library. Gift certificates, T-shirts, growlers, growler cozies, pint glasses and other Library Restaurant items make great gifts for the holidays.
On- and off-site catering is available for large or small groups.
For more information, call the Library at 487-5882, visit thelibrarybrewpub.com or find "Library Restaurant & Brew Pub" on Facebook.
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