In the course of researching this week's food lead on the Puget Sound's new artisanal, sustainability-minded butchers, I learned that Tracy Smaciarz of Heritage Meats supplies local, grass-feed beef burgers to Pike Brewing Company.
The burger I ate there last week tasted great -- just the right shade of pink at the center, with a robust, straightforward beefiness. The texture of the third-of-a-pound patty was a little dense -- something that a lighter touch in the molding of the patty, or a few extra percentage points of fat, would correct. A few days after this meal, in fact, I ordered a burger at another local spot (more on that later), and the meat didn't have the same depth of flavor. Here's to brewpubs that use local beef, especially when you get to order a pint of Pike's Naughty Nellie with your burger.