Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Andina's Cafe brews up new offering: Diamond Bear beer

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 at 11:49 AM

click to enlarge Owner Nita Westbrook pours a Diamond Bear stout at Andina's TufNut Taproom.
  • Owner Nita Westbrook pours a Diamond Bear stout at Andina's TufNut Taproom.

Andina’s Cafe and Coffee Roastery,
 at River Market Avenue and Third Street, the longtime purveyor of Guatemalan coffee, pastries and sandwiches, first whet its beer whistle a couple of years ago when it began its firkin-tapping events with Diamond Bear Brewing Co., at which the craft brewery served beers aged with Andina’s coffees.

At the last firkin-tapping, in January, owner Curtis Westbrook thought, Why not add a taproom to the roasting room? The TufNut Taproom, which debuted on St. Patrick's Day but officially opened a couple of weeks ago, serves Diamond Bear's craft beers (including Trojan Triple, Hibernation, Pig Trail Porter, etc.) and a menu of brats, polish sausages, hot dogs and what Westbrook says has been declared the best sandwich in the River Market district: Fried bologna with peppered bacon, American cheese, his grandmother’s cole slaw, all slathered with Shack Barbecue sauce. (You can buy the Shack sauce there, too.)

Andina’s hours are now 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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