Why: Trusty Brewing Company is located where Dirty Hands Brewing used to be on the corner of Evergreen Street and Broadway in downtown Vancouver. Trusty is a casual stop for the 21-and-older crowd to enjoy some handcrafted, local brews with enough homemade food options to satisfy an appetite for a snack or a light meal.
What I tried: I tried the pulled pork sandwich and the Philly cheesesteak sandwich. Both were served with kettle chips.
Both of the sandwiches were made with an artisan quality bun that was golden brown with a glossy finish and a substantial texture that held together down to the last bite. The Philly consisted of a classic mixture of steak, onion and bell pepper sauteed together and topped with melted cheese. It was very tasty, and the meat was pleasantly lean. The pulled pork was a bit more shredded than pulled. The meat was mixed with a somewhat tangy and sweet sauce and was also very lean. In addition to the pork, the sandwich had a generous amount of coleslaw on it. The kettle chips that came with the sandwiches were a standard variety.
The sandwiches were an excellent meal option to accompany a brew, and the rest of the menu presented health-conscious choices.
Menu highlights beyond what I tried: Nachos are available in a veggie or pulled pork version. Jalapeno poppers, beer nuts, a warm pretzel with cheese sauce, fresh veggies with ranch dressing and a hummus plate are also on the menu.
Dining Out review: Trusty Brewing Company
Hours: 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday.
Where: 114 E. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver.
Contact: 360-258-0413 or www.trustybrewing.com. Trusty Brewing is also on Facebook.
Health score: Trusty Brewing Company received a score of zero on Feb. 17. Zero is a perfect score, and Clark County Public Health closes restaurants with a score of 100 or higher. For information, call 360-397-8428.
Approximately 10 handcrafted brewed beers are on available, along with cider, wine, Coke products and lemonade.
Atmosphere: The corner building has large windows that look onto Broadway and Evergreen. Interior walls are mostly covered with wood planks, and license plates and various old-time photos anoint the space with nostalgia. Seating consists of tall and standard-height tables and chairs to accommodate anywhere from two to 13 people. There is also seating at the bar. String lights enhance the fixed lighting, adding a warm glow.
Other observations: Service was friendly and attentive. A street-side patio provides outdoor seating, weather permitting.
Cost: Food items are $10 and under. Brews are $5 and $6.