Sandwich restaurant offers mouth-watering burgers and a rotating menu of 20 craft beersBy Lannan M. O’Brien
A new Sandwich restaurant has garnered the approval of local foodies and beer lovers, some who visit on a frequent basis to find a seat at the bar.
The rotating draft menu of 20 lesser-known craft beers is sure to impress, but it’s only part of the restaurant’s appeal. Open since June, Industry Ale House already “seems to be the place that the beer snobs come,” says Darryl Laman, who co-owns the restaurant with Jason Thomas and Chad Earnest. He hopes it’s also becoming a destination for high-quality food.
Unlike owners Thomas and Earnest, who both earned degrees from the Culinary Institute of America, Laman entered the food industry later in life. It wasn’t until after studying at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee as a classically trained trumpet player that he began working in restaurants and discovered an interest in the culinary arts. Beer has long been a hobby of Laman’s, though, as evidenced by the restaurant’s name and unique selection on tap. (There is intentionally no bottled beer on the menu.)
After taking in the atmosphere of the dining room, many customers tell Laman that they’re reminded of a German beer hall. The wide-open space is partially lit by lightbulbs hanging from pipes in the ceiling, its walls adorned with small bulletin boards of black-and-white photos. Oriental rugs and a tan leather booth lining one wall warm up the space.
The owners’ goal was to make the inside of the building as different as possible from the businesses previously there, says Laman. Located on Route 130 in Forestdale, the space has changed hands several times over the years and most recently housed a Thai and Vietnamese restaurant called Taste of Asia. The new owners, however, are not intimidated by the building’s past.
“The look and feel of it is what we’ve changed, and the quality of the food,” says Laman, who can be found most days in the kitchen. He is proud to say that just about everything on the menu is made from scratch, down to the salad dressing. “The pork belly, turkey, everything—we smoke it all here.”
The burgers are made using a custom blend of beef from a Brockton-based meat company. The result is a thick, juicy patty tucked in a brioche roll that we can describe only as mouth-watering perfection. You can’t go wrong with the namesake Industry Burger, topped with Vermont cheddar, fried leeks, shallots and truffle oil. To our fellow burger connoisseurs, we promise that your expectations will be exceeded.
Asked about the local response to the business, Laman says that the alehouse has attracted a neighborhood following, and some area residents are dropping in regularly. Gesturing toward the bar, he says, “Some of them are actually here now.”
Industry Ale House
79 Route 130, Sandwich