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Last night, B.B. and I decided to take a little road trip to Plainfield, Indiana to try out a new Brewpub that opened October 10 of this year (lucky date 10-10-10).  B.B. heard about this place because he knows the owner. It was about a 30 minute drive out of Indianapolis, but it took a bit longer than expected because we were driving with general information and gut instinct (we did not have access to a GPS navigation). We thought that the brewpub would be located off of a main street, but we did not see it so we decided to stop at a gas station and ask for directions. The gas station people did not know, but people at the nearby liquor store did know (of course!).

Finding Black Swan wasn’t difficult, but finding parking was another story. The place was packed with people. Although the name suggests that this establishment is a pub, it actually had a restaurant/diner atmosphere, with the exception of a small bar located near the entrance.

We started off with an appetizer, the Brewpub Stuffed Peppers. This appetizer consisted of Peppadew peppers, a new variety of piquante pepper, which is a cross between a pepper and a cherry tomato. These were stuffed with Chorizo and set in a dollop of goat cheese fondue). This was one of the tastiest appetizers that I have ever had (see picture below):

we ate two of them before taking this photo

For an entrée, I ordered the Beef Carbonnade, a Belgian style beef from a local game farm (Fischer Farms beef). This Belgian style stew was mixed with onions and served over frites. Although stew and fries sounds like an odd combination, it worked. B.B. ordered the Black Swan Bison Burger (with was half a pound of Putnam County bison with sun-dried tomato aioli, fontina cheese and onion straws). His burger was good, but his fries were even better. He ordered sea salt and vinegar seasoned fries with a bacon aioli dip (highly addictive and delicious). I couldn’t help but to notice that the tables did not have a salt or pepper shaker in sight. Extra seasoning is definitely not needed here, the food is delicious as served. In terms of your standard pub fare, this is gourmet pub food.

Of course, since we were at a brewpub, I had to sample some of the beer on tap. Black Swan has a selection of 16 beers on tap from local breweries  (most of which are based out of Indiana, with some companies supplying beer from nearby states like Michigan and Missouri). Patrons can choose to order a standard pint of beer of their choice (20 oz) or a half order (10 oz) or you can get a sample of whatever beer you would like to try in 3 oz samplings. I ordered two halfers. I first ordered the Auburn lager from Mad Anthony Brewing Company, which was delicious, but I really liked the double Cream Stout from Bell’s Brewing Company. In the future, Black Swan hopes to start brewing their own beer, (their brewery is currently under construction) and when that happens, I’ll definitely come back to check it out.

Black Swan Brewpub, 2067 E. Hadley Rd, Plainfield, IN, (near Indiana State Road 267 and Interstate 70)

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