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Step Inside Platypus Brewing, Now Slinging Australian Style Brews & Pub Grub On Washington Ave.

Passionfruit-mango beer & Aussie-inspired fare await

Two Australians, a Texan, a Californian, and a Louisianan walk into a bar (er, brewery) and the end result is a menu of Texas-meets-Australia fusion via pints of beer and plates of innovative pub grub.

Born of a dream from husband and wife team Sean and Rachna Hanrahan and business partner Morgan Hughes, the fledgling brewery, still in its soft opening weeks, blends tastes from Down Under with local sensibilities. An indoor taproom lined with glass windows into the brewhouse includes a bar, high boys, and board games to keep you occupied as you drink. A massive, partially covered deck beckons visitors to enjoy the cooler fall climes.

Time it right to enjoy a cold brew while watching the gym buffs from up the block run back and forth along the road behind. Drinking a pint of locally brewed beer is nothing new, but you've likely never tried an American wheat ale with hints of Australian mango and passionfruit.

That said, head brewer Kerry Embertson cautions that the beers shouldn’t be coined as "Australian" per se but instead viewed as a fusion of Aussie and Texan styles that reflect the best qualities of each origin. In addition to the six current beers on tap, find seven wines on offer for those wishing to skip the suds.

There's also plenty of grub to keep you full as you drink. Executive Chef Mike Douglas' menu showcases Australia's eclectic melting pot of flavors, featuring British, Asian, Greek, and indigenous influences. Look forward to classic comforts like meat pies and sausage rolls in addition to elevated sandwiches, gourmet pub snacks, and small plates with big flavors with gluten free and vegetarian options. Don’t miss the signature beer nuts coated in housemade caramel and chipotle spice or the traditional lamington, an addictive marriage of sponge cake, chocolate, and coconut.

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