SOUTHINGTON – With the recent opening of another location in New Haven adding to last year’s opening in Southington, here are five things to know about The Hop Knot from co-owner John Schauster and cook Alex McCarthy.The Pretzels
According to Schauster, these are not run-of-the-mill mall pretzels. At Hop Knot, the pretzels are made fresh and made to order, he said.
Some of the more popular options, Schauster said, include traditional salted pretzels, which are most requested by first-time guests, followed by stuffed pretzels and Asiago Parmesan pretzels.
Some varieties were initially experimental, Schauster said, but the positive response soon got them placed on the menu permanently. The Old Bay seasoning on the Big Barb stuffed pretzel, a barbeque chicken creation, was a mistake that ended up being a hit.
The pretzels all come with several dipping sauce options. The beer cheese, a popular choice, is a homemade recipe created by the Hop Knot team. Additional sauces include blue cheese, pesto, and other savory flavors along with sweeter varieties like strawberry chocolate mousse and Nutella. The Beer
Over 20 beers are on tap, including double IPAs and pale ales with seasonal selections. Customers can become part of the mug club, which includes a personalized numbered mug, a free beer and other benefits at The Hop Knot.
The mugs hang along the ceiling of the bar and include some customized designs from customers.Brunch
On Sunday mornings starting at 10:30 a.m. this summer The Hop Knot will be serving brunch complete with bottomless mimosas and bloody Marys as well as craft beers. Some pretzel options include “stuffed pretzel scrambles” (build-your-own egg scrambles stuffed inside a freshly baked pretzel), “sausage gravy with a twist” (a pretzel stuffed with scrambled eggs and cheddar smothered in house-made beer-sausage gravy), and “cinnamon pretzel waffles" served with maple cream and maple syrup among other creations. The Locations
The Hop Knot’s first location in Middletown opened in 2016. Schauster and co-owner Michael Boney wanted to open a craft beer business and decided on pretzels to pair with the beer. Last year, the owners opened a second location in Southington and a third restaurant in New Haven soon followed.
The Southington location is the only one with a full dining patio.
McCarthy started six months ago as a cook at the Southington restaurant and said the atmosphere is casual and laid back. He said a lot of families come to try different pretzels.
Schauster said the future of Hop Knot includes two more locations in Bethel and Manchester by the end of the year. The business is hoping to eventually franchise across the country.The Events
Besides Sunday brunch, The Hop Knot also hosts Monday night trivia and free pretzel Tuesday. On Thursdays the restaurant features a variety of events including karaoke and Cards Against Humanity.
More information can be found at http://www.thehopknot.com/index.html
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