One Great Dish: Horse Thief Hollow's Spent Grain Pretzel Nuggets

By Chuck Sudo in Food on May 16, 2013 7:20PM

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Horse Thief Hollow Brewing is not what one would expect when asked to describe a bar in Beverly, but this new brewpub and restaurant has been taken into the collective heart of Beverly residents since it opened in February for its tasty suds, open space, eager-to-please staff (although some of them still can’t identify what’s on their charcuterie plate without notes) and serviceable bar food.

On a recent visit to Horse Thief Hollow we ordered these gems: pretzel nuggets made with spent grain used in the making of their beer. Cooking and baking with spent grain isn’t a new thing, nor is it gross—it’s essentially cereal and loaded with nutrients, protein, fiber and antioxidants called lingams. They make amazing breads but the grain needs to be relatively dry before cooking with it.

Horse Thief Hollow’s pretzel nuggets are sweet (a result of having gone through the brewing process), light and chewy, and complements the roasted poblano queso dipping sauce perfectly. You’ll want to tear these nuggets in half before dipping as the dough inside holds the sauce very well. Try them with any of their beers, like the “773 Stout.”

Horse Thief Hollow is located at 10426 S. Western Avenue.