Perfect Pair: Lenny Boy and A Bao Time to launch new concept on New Year’s Eve

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Lenny Boy Brewing Co. and A Bao Time food truck have cemented the pair’s longtime partnership into something more permanent. Starting in January, the food truck, which is now parked inside the spacious new brewery, will be serving a full menu Wednesday through Sunday under a new concept, Bloom.

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The menu is seasonally inspired and locally sourced, like the beverages already available at Lenny Boy. “We wanted a consistent menu that was here all the time, and where people knew they could consistently get good food,” said Townes Mozer, owner and brewer.

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So what does the menu for a food truck/brewery partnership entail? Tasty dishes made with Lenny Boy’s brews and kombucha, of course. Items include the Elite Beet Garden Salad, with a beet gastrique made from Elite Beet kombucha, and Burn-Down Meatballs, made with beef braised in Burn-Down Brown. There’s also charcuterie from local farmers, including cheeses from Cackleberry Farm, where Lenny Boy sends its spent grain after brewing. Look for new menu items each week.

As for the new menu launch? Here’s what’s on tap:

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Did I mention brunch yet? There’s also brunch every Sunday.

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The long-term goal for Mozer and Chef David Mahr of A Bao Time is to open a full kitchen in the taproom. The duo have been working together since the first friends and family night for Lenny Boy, which lead to having the food truck on-site once a week, and now launching the full-time menu.

Try it out for yourself at the brewery’s New Year’s Eve party, Len-NYE-ve. The party rages until 1 a.m. with live music by Aarodynamics, the new menu from Bloom, the release of a yet-to-be-named dry hopped kettle sour, a new pear kombucha called What-A-Pear and that night marks the first time you can buy pitchers of Lenny Boy’s flagship brews ($15).

Lenny Boy is also brewing a biere de Champagne, a new style of beer modeled after champagne that results in a light and bubbly beer, called Brut Force just for Len-NYE-ve. We’ll cheers to that.

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The hours for Bloom are: Wed.-Fri., 5:30-9 p.m.; Sat., 2-10 p.m.; and Sun., noon-7 p.m.

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