What’s the use of keeping Beer Can Mussels on the menu if you don’t have the apropriate beer to pair with them?
JT’s Farmouse owner Justin Tempelman had been asking himself the same thing. So he crafted his own lager — a crisp, light bodied beer with a 5% ABV — to team up with his popular menu item.
Farmhouse Lager was an instant hit among diners and barstoolers when the Bayport restaurant reopened Sept. 15 after a two-week hiatus.
“Our first night back open, we started suggesting it to some of our regulars — to give it a try,” Tempelman said. “And by the end of the weekend, we couldn’t keep them stocked fast enough.”
To develop this new diners’ delight, Tempelman teamed up with Barrier Brewing Company in Oceanside.
“We were looking for a great beer to use for our beer can mussels, and met with Barrier trying to find the perfect one,” said Tempelman, who opened JT’s Farmhouse in 2019. “We met and tried some of their many amazing beers, and were stumped on which one to use. That’s when they offered to make us our very own lager!”
Within a week, the restaurant was serving up its new signature beer.
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