Take in a brew or two and some comfort food at Wolf & Warrior Brewing in White Plains, the brainchild of ‘braumeister’ Michael Chiltern, a micro-brewery and restaurant that features house-brewed beer, farm-to-table cuisine, and in-house roasted coffee.
Though there is a growing list of microbreweries in greater Westchester, Wolf & Warrior holds the distinction of being the only one located in White Plains. The daily larder is posted on big blackboards overlooking the bar area. An expanded menu is being served, and an al fresco backyard, featuring a growing hops garden, is open for the season.
A passionate, hands-on Michael Chiltern works his gleaming machinery on the lower level where the actual brewing take place. The main level is a work in progress: a long sprawling space designed in an understated brauhaus mode with unadorned tables and chairs. The walls are highlighted by brewing artworks and artifacts. There is a lounge area in the front as you enter.
When it comes to the daily beverages and brews, count on manager/bartender/artist Darren Mosley to put you on the right track. The ever-changing blackboard lists such offerings as Vuk, a double dry-hopped IPA; Farmhand’s Delight, saison; Back to the West, American IPA; Patagonia, Argentinian IPA; Smooth Moves, Porter; and Empire Stouts Back, oatmeal milk stout. Prices per glass of brew range from $7 to $9. Beer flights are available for $13. Growlers priced according to the brew. Specially selected wines and whiskeys are also on hand daily. Nitro Draft Cold Brewed Coffee is being added to the bill-of-fare.
From chef Rory Crumm’s kitchen come comforting Small Plates: Classic Hummus, served with grilled pita and marinated carrots; Charcuterie, a selection of meats and cheeses; Greek Warrior Salad, organic cucumber, feta blocks, tomatoes, chick peas, fresh dill, scallions, Kalamata olives; Korean BBQ Brisket Tacos; and Southwest Chicken Quesadilla, chicken breast, cheddar, grilled onion, peppers, pico de gallo, lime crema.
Tasty Flat Breads include such toppings as: The Margherita, fresh mozzarella, organic tomato sauce, fresh basil & garlic; The Greek, figs, olives, sheep and goat milk cheese, pickled red onions, porter balsamic reduction; and Sausage and Pepper.
Pressed Sandwiches include: Cuban, local organic ham, Swiss cheese, local organic roasted pork, house brined dill pickles with spicy brown mustard; and Grumpy Pig, local citrus braised pork shoulder, ale salsa verde, hot banana peppers, Swiss cheese. A daily selection of sausages includes: Traditional German Bratwurst, served with sauerkraut, spicy brown mustard, toasted brioche bun; Serrano & Cheddar Chorizo, pico de gallo, spicy pepper aioli, on toasted brioche bun, and Classic Italian Sausage, with caramelized sweet peppers, onions, also on brioche bun.
Wolf & Warrior is named after Michael & Jelena’s sons Vuk & Branko, which mean ‘Wolf’ & ‘Defender’, adapted to ‘Warrior’. Michael and Jelena’s passion for brewing began in their Williamsburg, Brooklyn apartment where they created their first IPA in 2012. Since them, Chiltern has become a decorated homebrew competitor.
Wolf & Warrior is located at 195A East Post Road, White Plains. Brews served: Tuesday & Wednesday, noon to 8 p.m.; Thursday, noon to 11 p.m.; Friday, noon to midnight; Saturday, 2 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Monday. Kitchen open for lunch and dinner: small plates from $6; Flat Breads from $10. Pressed Sandwiches from $7. Sausages from $5. Take-out. Major credit cards. Casual dress. Municipal parking. Reservations suggested for larger groups. Phone: 917-238-9171. www.wolfandwarrior.com
(Morris Gut is a restaurant marketing consultant and former restaurant trade magazine editor. He has been tracking and writing about the food and dining scene in greater Westchester for 30 years. He may be reached at: 914-235-6591. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)