The menu is a pleasant surprise for both its quantity and quality. Standard looking upon first glance: Appetizers $4 to $8; Soup & salad $3 to $7; Burgers $5 to $6; Wraps $7; Sandwiches $5 to $7; Pastas $2 to $9; Pizzas $7 to $8; Stir Fry $7 to $9; and Entrees of Pork, Chicken or Ribeye $10 to $11. The pastas and salads offer great flavors while the artichoke dip appetizer could feed a family of four. All portions coming from the backroom kitchen appear generous. A beer sampler of five four-ounce tasters runs $4.50 while pints are $3.75. The Blonde is a clear gold with a thick white head with a very light malty flavor matched to a light body. The IPA appears a hazy dark amber with a smooth mouthfeel, slightly sweet malty flavor along with a slight hoppy bitterness. The HoneyWeizen is a hazy gold with a very light body and slightl clove flavor. The Amber is a clear dark amber with a rich malty flavor, light body and clean dry finish. The Oktoberfest is an opaque brown with a medium body, malty sweet flavor and dry malty finish. The Stout offers a thick creamy brown head over its light body with a smooth mouthfeel, creamy dry chocolaty flavor, and slight hint of toasted coffee in the finish.
Although Rosen's has been around since 1991 the brewpub addition dates to only 1996. The night-time crowd is pretty evenly split between men and women with the women looking "dressed to kill." Forget hunting for parking downtown. Use the municipal parking garage around 3rd Ave. and 5th St. and consider it $6 well spent. This will leave more time to enjoy the food, beer and atmosphere at the District Warehouse.
The District Warehouse
1st Ave. & 5th St.
Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - October, 1998
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