St. Patrick's Day Specials Return!

St. Patrick's Day Specials Return!

Join us for the return of Chef Fred's St. Patrick's Day specials, available Thursday, March 16 and Friday, March 17 from 4-9 PM while supplies last!

---Starters---

Seafood Chowder

Creamy tarragon stock with scallops, shrimp, and potatoes.

---Entrées---

Reuben

Corned beef, Swiss, sauerkraut, Thousand Island. Fries on the side.

Stout Beef Stew

Braised Fischer Farms beef chunks, rich Oatmeal Stout gravy with carrots, mushrooms, cabbage, peas, and mashed potatoes.

Corned Beef Brisket

Braised corn beef brisket, cabbage, carrots, mashed potatoes, and horseradish sauce.

Roast Salmon Fillet

Roasted wild-caught salmon fillet, lemon butter sauce with cabbage, carrots, and mashed potatoes.

---Dessert---

Gingerbread Cake

Topped with chocolate mousse, Oatmeal Stout ganache, and local vanilla ice cream.

---Brew---

Nitro Oatmeal Stout

Aromas of oatmeal and hints of coffee. Flavors of roasted grains and buttery caramel notes.

Chef Fred's Mardi Gras Specials Return!

Chef Fred's Mardi Gras Specials Return!

Join us for the return of Chef Fred's Mardi Gras specials! This special menu will be available February 26-28 from 4-9 PM while supplies last!

---Starters---

Shrimp & Crab Bisque

Red Beans & Rice

Barbeque Shrimp

Shrimp baked in a Ruby Bloom garlic-butter sauce with Cajun spices

---Entrées---

Tilapia with Blue Crab Stuffing Etouffee

Served with red beans and rice

Seafood Gumbo

Tilapia, shrimp, crab cake, peppers, okra, onion, and tomato served over rice (can substitute mashed potatoes for rice)

Chicken & Sausage Gumbo

Miller's Amish chicken, house-made Cajun sausage, peppers, okra, onion, and tomato served over rice (can substitute mashed potatoes for rice)

Muffaletta Sandwich

Sliced ham, salami, mortadella, mozzarella, olive relish, and dijon dressing on toasted sourdough roll. Served with red beans and rice on the side

Vegetarian Po' Boy

Fried green tomato, eggplant relish, roasted red peppers, lettuce, Swiss cheese, and red chile mayo. Served with red beans and rice on the side

Barbeque Shrimp Linguine

Shrimp in a Ruby Bloom garlic-butter sauce with linguine, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and spinach

---Dessert---

Bananas Foster

Sautéed dark rum-infused bananas, house-made banana bread with Chocolate Moose vanilla ice cream (can add house bacon)

---Brew---

Bloomington Brewing Company has brewed a special batch of Mango + Habanero Kirkwood Cream for these Mardi Gras specials!

Valentine's Day Specials!

Valentine's Day Specials!

Join us for the return of Chef Fred's Valentine's Day specials! This special menu will be available, alongside our normal menu, on February 14 from 4-9 PM while supplies last. Plus, we are accepting reservations for parties of any size after 4 PM! Just give us a call at (812) 323-2112

---Appetizer---

Seared Ahi Tuna

Served over an Asian slaw with sides of wasabi, pickled ginger, and garlic chili sauce.

---Starters---

Tomato Basil Tortellini Soup

Caesar Salad

---Entrées---

Scallop Linguine

Scallops tossed with linguine, roasted tomatoes, green onion, and red peppers in a lemon butter sauce.

Pork Rib Roast

With sautéed onion and mushrooms, golden mashed potatoes, and garlic asparagus. Served with a balsamic reduction.

Blackened Tofu Linguine

Served over linguine with Alfredo Sauce, broccoli, and green onions.

---Dessert---

Local Strawberry Shortcake

With Chocolate Moose vanilla ice cream.

---Brew---

Quarrymen Pale Ale

Bloomington Brewing Co. has brewed a special batch of Quarrymen Pale Ale, flavored with orange peel and hibiscus flowers.

O Canada Specials Return!

CHEF FRED’S O CANADA SPECIALS RETURN! JOIN US AT LENNIE’S FOR OUR ANNUAL O CANADA SPECIALS FROM JANUARY 17 – 19 FROM 4-9 PM, OR WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

APPETIZERS

Ruby Bloom Beer Cheese Soup
With sharp Canadian cheddar, house-bacon, and croutons.

Prince Edward Island Mussels
Steamed in white wine, butter, basil, tomato, and lemon.

Poutine
French fried potatoes and cheddar cheese curds in a rich beef and red wine gravy. Vegetarian option available.

ENTRÉES


Burgundy Beef Stew
Beef round braised in red wine, garlic, and mushrooms, garnished with carrots and peas. Served with mashed potatoes or French fries.

Smoked Pork Sandwich
Slow-roasted pork shoulder, open-faced on sourdough bread with house bacon, roasted tomatoes, and sharp cheddar. Served with mashed potatoes or French fries.

Sockeye Salmon
Wild-caught filet roasted with spinach, portabello mushrooms, house bacon, and Gorgonzola. Served with a side of maple mustard glaze, mashed potatoes, and vegetables.

Butternut Squash Tortellini
Cheese tortellini basked in a spiced butternut squash sauce with asparagus, roasted tomatoes, portabellos, and goat cheese.

DESSERT


Mixed Berry Crisp
Strawberries and blackberries under a flaky biscuit topping. Served with Chocolate Moose vanilla ice cream.

Bloomington Brewing Company has created a special brew just for O Canada Specials: Quarrymen Pale Ale, dry hopped with Simcoe and Mosaic hops.

Growlers - What You Need to Know

Growlers - What You Need to Know

What is a growler?

A growler is a ½ gallon glass jug that can be filled with beer straight from the draft lines.

What’s with the name?

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, fresh beer was carried from the local pub to one's home by means of a small-galvanized pail. Rumor has it that when the beer sloshed around the pail, it created a rumbling sound as the CO2 escaped through the lid, thus the term "growler" was coined. 

Why choose growlers?

There are many benefits to growlers, including:

Infinitely reusable package—Compared to other beer packages, a growler, by a long shot, has the least environmental impact. Buy one once and, unless it breaks, you can refill it an unlimited number of times.

Amber colored glass—The dark amber glass that growlers are made from protects your beer from excess light and UV rays, which “skunk” beer.

Fresh from the source—Fill your growler with any beer we have on draft, straight from source. Take your growler with you on a road trip and fill it up at other breweries.

Keep your money local--On average, 48 percent of each purchase at local independent businesses was recirculated locally, compared to less than 14 percent of purchases at chain stores.

Taste before you buy—When you buy a growler from a local brewpub, you have the opportunity to taste the beer before you buy it!

Available on Sundays—On July 4, 2010, Senate Bill 75 allowed Indiana breweries to sell growlers and bottles of beer if they are brewed on-site. It’s only a matter of time before package liquor stores will be able to sell beer on Sundays in Indiana, but we’ll enjoy the exclusivity while it lasts!

How do I care for my growler?

Once filled, keep your growler refrigerated. Unopened, it will stay fresh up to 7 days. After you open it, the beer will maintain its full flavor and carbonation for up to 12 hours.

After you finish the beer, rinse your growler well with hot water and turn it upside down to drain and dry. When you bring it back in, we will inspect it for cleanliness, wash it with a pressure sprayer and hot water and sanitize it before refilling to ensure it is sterile and ready for more great beer.

Cheers!

Mardi Gras Specials Return!

Chef Fred’s Mardi Gras specials return! Join us at Lennie’s for our annual Mardi Gras specials from February 7 – 9 from 4-9 PM, or while supplies last!

APPETIZERS

Shrimp & Crab Bisque

Red Beans & Rice

Barbeque Shrimp

ENTRÉES


Blackened Catfish with Blue Crab Stuffing
With Red Beans & Rice and red pepper mustard sauce

Seafood Gumbo
Catfish, shrimp, crab cake, peppers, okra, onion, tomato

Chicken & Sausage Gumbo
House-smoked chicken, pork shoulder, cajun sausage, rice, peppers, okra, onion, tomato

Muffaletta
Sliced ham, salami, mortadella, mozzarella, olive relish, dijon dressing on toasted house bread

Vegetarian Po’ Boy
Fried green tomato, eggplant, roasted red and yellow peppers, lettuce, Swiss, red chile mayo

Barbeque Shrimp Fettuccine
Cajun Ruby Bloom garlic butter sauce with spinach, tomato, artichoke hearts

DESSERT


Bananas Foster
Rum-infused bananas, house-made banana bread, Chocolate Moose vanilla ice cream

Caribbean Holiday Specials Are Here!

Join us at Lennie’s for our annual Caribbean Holiday specials from December 8 – December 10 from 4-9 PM, or while supplies last!

Starters

Jamaican Patties
Tender pastry stuffed with curried vegetables and side of mango chutney

Bahamian Seafood Chowder
Shrimp, blue crab, and tilapia in light broth with potatoes, peppers, tomato, and coconut milk

Entrees

(all entrees served with yellow rice and black beans)

Veggie curry linguine
Sweet potatoes, red peppers, asparagus, cauliflower, and tomato simmered in green curry sauce over linguine

Jamaican Brown Stew
Jerk-spiced marinated chicken breast with house-made smoked beef sausage, simmered in a spicy broth with onions, peppers, and tomato

Cuban Sandwich
Smoked ham and Fischer Farms roast pork shoulder pressed on sourdough roll with dijon mustard, Swiss cheese, and dill pickles

Green Curry Shrimp
Garlic shrimp sauteed in a spicy ginger, coconut curry sauce, with pineapples and red peppers

Dessert

Pineapple Coconut Cake
House-made cake topped with a warm pineapple-banana rum sauce and vanilla bean ice cream

Oktoberfest Specials Return!

Join us for Oktoberfest, September 29 through October 1 from 4-9 PM.

Smoked Trout Spread
House-smoked, Bells Farms trout, goat cheese, capers, pickled onions, cucumber salad, and rye bread.

Kartoffelpuffer (Potato Cakes)
Pan-fried potato cake, spiced apples, and sour cream.

Bratwurst & Kraut
House-made Bratwurst, kraut, brown mustard on poppy seed bun. Warm German potato salad, braised red cabbage.

Die Haus-Wurst Plate
Knackwurst made in-house with seasoned, lightly smoked, Fischer Farms pork and beef. Garlic mashed potatoes, braised red cabbage.

Jägerschnitzel
Breaded, panfried pork loin cutlet in rich brown sauce of onion, bacon, mushrooms, sour cream. Warm German potato salad, braised red cabbage.

Sauerbraten
Red wine-marinated Fischer Farms rounds of beef in rich sauce. Garlic mashed potatoes, braised red cabbage.

Regenbogenforelle
Pan-seared, Bells Farm, ruby trout with dill and lemon butter. Side of creamy horseradish sauce with warm German potato salad and braised red cabbage.

Meine Mutter’s Apfelkuchen
Spiced apple cake, streusel topping, vanilla bean ice cream.

5th Annual Bike to Lennie's Month!

Lennie’s and the Bloomington Brewing Co. will host its 5th annual “Bike to Lennie’s” event throughout the month of May.  “Bike to Lennie’s” rewards restaurant staff and customers who participate in the promotion that encourages cycling and celebrates National Bike Month.

Swing by the brewpub to sign up and each time you get to the brewpub by bike, you’ll receive a stamp for the corresponding day. Prizes start with just 4 two-wheeled visits, and the prizes get bigger as the number of visits goes up.  Prizes include Bloomington Brewing Co. pint glasses, Lennie’s gift cards and BBC tee shirts.  All participants will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Lennie’s gift card.  A very special prize awaits the 2015 Lennie’s Bicycle Wizard, the intrepid soul who bikes to the brewpub more than anyone else in May.  For this special customer, we’llaward the Magic Pitcher. The Lennie’s Bicycle Wizard will control the Magic Pitcher for the entire year and be entitled to fill that Pitcher anytime, with ANY of the Bloomington Brewing Company beers.  There’s going to be one very happy and popular Bicycle Wizard come the end of May!

We’re also promoting “Bike to Lennie’s” internally. Staff members who ride to work will be rewarded for each trip and anyone who bicycles to work more than founder and CEO, Jeff Mease, will be awarded $50 cash.

Happy Pedaling!

Lennie's TomatoFEST - Now 'Til August 24

A festival to celebrate the venerable fruit is happening all week at Lennie’s, August 18-24th. Lennie’s TomatoFEST features a tomato-centric menu all week long and wraps up with a home-grown tomato contest open to the community with prizes for Biggest, Prettiest, Sexiest and Ugliest home-grown tomatoes, Sunday August 24th.   Registration is at 3:30pm; judging begins at 4pm.

This year’s inaugural tomato party coincides with the late August peak of tomato season in southern Indiana.  Lennie’s has been receiving near daily deliveries of organic heirloom tomatoes from their Loesch Farm, for use on a variety of menu items.  Loesch Farm is located just west of Bloomington.

Loesch Farm planted 792 tomato plants in mid-May and the taller varieties now stand more than six feet high.  The smaller fruit are being roasted and frozen by the chefs at Lennie’s, while the larger ones are sliced for sandwiches, in particular, the seasonal Loesch Farm BLT, made with our own tomatoes and thick sliced, house-cured bacon, prepared from Fischer Farms pork belly.

The tomato is nothing short of a phenomenon.  Native to the South American Andes, and in less than 500 years has become a foundation in cuisines around the world.  Sure, we know the Italians love their tomato sauce, but most of us don’t think of Chinese food when we think of the tomato.  In fact, China produces more tomatoes than anywhere else in the world and accounts for 25% of global output.

On the TomatoFEST Menu this week:

–Tortellini Carbonara (Amy’s Sugar Gem tomatoes)

Cheese Tortellini in cream sauce, oven-dried tomatoes, house bacon, asparagus and fresh basil.

–Tuna Melt (Red and Yellow Mix)

Albacore tuna, thick-sliced tomatoes, Havarti cheese, broiled and dressed with mesclun greens and a side of fries or seasonal fresh fruit.

–Caprese Salad (red heirloom)

Thick, heirloom slices, fresh basil, Mozzarella, EVOO and Balsamic.

–Bruschetta Pizza (mixed heirloom)

Lennie’s famous pizza.  Choice of crust.  Garlic-rubbed, EVOO, ricotta, goat cheese, mozzarella, gorgonzola, topped with no less than 5 varieties of diced heirlooms.  Available small and large.

–Greek Chicken Salad (mixed heirloom)

Mixed greens, Miller Farm’s marinated and roasted breast.  Feta cheese, diced heirlooms, local cucumbers, kalamata olives, red peppers, onions, garbanzo beans.

Loesch Farm BLTs Now Available

It is officially BLT season at Lennie’s. Nothing says Indiana summer like the bright, juicy, full flavor of Indiana tomatoes that ripened under the heat of the August sun.

Each summer, we look forward to this time of year, but this year has come with additional anticipation, as we are using organic heirloom tomatoes grown at our very own Loesch Farm. This is our first year of serious tomato production at the farm, and it has been a great success. We put 792 plants in the ground on May 20th and had them mulched and staked within two weeks. We grew them organically and used captured rainwater to supplement the tomatoes’ irrigation system. Some varieties are doing better than others, but each has their own unique flavor, and we expect to yield 2,500 pounds!

Jeff Mease and Floyd Rosenbaum have done the majority of the farming with the help of a few volunteers. When asked about the work, Jeff said, “Floyd and I both love to garden, so the time we’ve given it, which does feel a lot like work sometimes, also feeds our souls.”

As Jeff and Floyd fed their souls farming in the summer sun, we have anxiously awaited the first harvest. We couldn’t wait to start serving these fresh, organic beauties in the restaurant. There is something special about serving a tomato that was conscientiously grown just a few miles away, picked in the morning, and served that same afternoon.

The tomatoes aren’t the only thing that makes our Loesch Farm BLT special. Chef Fred makes the bacon in-house from fresh pork sides sourced from Fischer Farms and English Black Heritage Pigs raised at Loesch farm. He begins the process by rubbing on a mixture of salt and sugar and allowing it to cure for six days. After being cured, he rinses off the salt and allows the pork sides to dry overnight. The following day he smokes the bacon over Cherry and Applewood for a couple of hours before cooking it and slicing it into thick-cut slices, perfect for BLTs.

We are thrilled to have Loesch Farm in our family of businesses, allowing us to produce unique, fresh food, exclusively for us, to share specifically with you.

4th Annual Bike to Lennie's Month!

We will host our annual “Bike to Lennie’s” event during the month of May.  “Bike to Lennie’s” celebrates Bloomington Bikes Month by encouraging – and rewarding – guests and staff who bike Lennie’s.

Customers participate by obtaining a “Bike to Lennie’s” Card at Lennie’s, and the card receives a punch each time the guest rides to the restaurant. Guests begin earning prizes with just 4 two-wheeled visits, and the prizes get bigger as the number of visits goes up.  Prizes include Bloomington Brewing Company pint glasses, Lennie’s gift cards and Bloomington Brewing Company’s tee shirts.  All recipients will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Lennie’s gift card.  The intrepid soul who bikes to Lennie’s more than anyone else in May will be crowned “Lennie’s Bicycle Wizard.”

To promote sustainable living, Lennie’s will also promote “Bike to Lennie’s” internally. Staff who ride to work at least 4 times during May will receive a special prize, and the prizes get bigger the more times a staff member finds two-wheeled transportation to work.  In addition, Co-Founder/CEO Jeff Mease has issued a staff challenge: Jeff will give $50 cash to any staff member who bikes to work a higher percentage of days in May than Jeff.

Lennie's Girl Scout Cookie Sale and Beer Tasting!

Thursday, March 20th marks the final day for Girl Scout Cookie sales. To end the season in style, Lennie’s and the Bloomington Brewing Company is hosting a Girl Scout Cookie Sale and Free Beer Tasting at the Brewpub from 4-6 p.m. We have painstakingly been tasting cookies and beer to come up with our pairings and we are shockingly pleased with the combinations.

Come surprise your palate with us–bring some friends, buy some cookies and we’ll set you up with a wide variety of beers for tasting. Try our recommendations or come up with your own!

Here are our pairing suggestions:

  • Do-si-dos with Big Stone StoutThink peanut butter stout. This combo is a dunker.
  • Savannah Smiles with Amarillo Pale AleThe cookie accentuates the citrus character of the Amarillo hop.
  • Tagalongs with Imperial RubyAlcohol warmth cuts through the richness of the cookie and the peanut butter emphasizes the malty sweetness of the beer.
  • Thin Mints with Rye IPA—The rye and hops emphasize the mint.
  • Trefoils with Quarrymen Pale AleBready sweetness highlights the hop presence in the beer.
  • Samoas with Ol’ Floyd’s Belgian—Our favorite paring! Banana esters from the Belgian yeast is a perfect complement to the coconut.

New Pint Glasses at the Brewpub at Lennie's!

We're serving Bloomington Brewing Company ales from a new pint glass! Known in the industry as the "Willi Becher pint," our new glasses are named after Willy Steinmeier, who in 1954 invented the glass at Ruhrglas AG glassworks in Germany. "Becher" is German for "glass" or "cup."

The old, straight-sided "shaker pint" has been the go-to glassware for brewpubs across the land for decades because they are durable, stackable, and versatile. Unfortunately, the shaker pint does NOTHING to add to the enjoyment of a pint of beer.

We believe that glassware should showcase the craft of our brewers and the hard work that goes in to the delicious beer they create. The Willi Becher is a taller pint glass and its tapered top concentrates the head of the beer as well as the beautiful malt and hop aromatics. Our sense of smell accounts for 80% of taste, so better aroma equals far better flavor. We've been testing pint glasses for a year or so (someone's got to do it) and we LOVE our new Willi Becher pints. Come by the Brewpub and let us know what you think. We'll still have some of the old shaker pints around if you'd like to compare for yourself.

Cheers!

3 Great Gift Ideas for Food and Beer Enthusiasts

Parking in the outskirts of mall parking lots, fighting crowds, and waiting in line -- no thank you. I'd rather be sitting at a cozy limestone bar, snacking on some chips and queso, sipping on a Rooftop IPA, and doing my shopping at the same time. Come on in and let us help you check a few items off your list. We have some amazing gift ideas for the local food and beer lover in your life, including some freakishly great deals that you won't want to miss.

  1. Lennie's Gift Cards. This is the BEST deal of the year. Until January 1, receive a FREE $20 gift card with the purchase of $100 in gift cards. You'd be hard pressed to get a 20% return in the stock market! Do you have five people on your list that are local foodies? Purchase 5 $20 gift cards for them and keep the free gift card for yourself! Are you a Lennie's regular? Stock up now and save all year long!
  2. BBC Gear. Hot of the press are the wildly popular Cream and Crimson, "Don't Worry Be Hoppy" hoodies. These stylish hoodies will keep you warm and send a message that you have a discerning taste for craft beer. This may be the perfect gift for that IU basketball fanatic and beer lover in your life. Looking for a great deal? Now through Monday, December 23, we are offering 40% off all t-shirts and black and navy hoodies!
  3. Beer. BBC beers are available to go in 64 oz. growlers and 32 oz. howlers. Perfect for a holiday gathering or for a host or hostess gift. While you're at it, pick up a few logo pint glasses to make it a set. To make sure you are stocked up for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, we are offering a FREE $10 gift card for your next visit with any two growler fills on Monday, December 23.

Happy Holidays! 

Our holiday hours will be:

  • Christmas Eve and Christmas Day - Closed
  • New Year's Eve - Last seating at 9 PM
  • New Year's Day - Closed