A new palace of Pork has opened in Denver’s Highlands Neighborhood. We had the privilege of enjoying a sampling of some of the best items the menu has to offer. Old Major, named after the famed Animal Farm character, is a partnership between Justin Brunson of Masterpiece Delicatessen and Denver Bacon Co, Highland Tap & Burger and Infinite Monkey Theorem. Housed in an old skating rink, the space has tons of character. The menu will boast local meat and produce from a few area farms and feature what they’ve dubbed Refined Farmhouse Cuisine. A portion of the produce will be grown in the front of the building where Infinite Monkeys Theorem makes their wine.
They will also be featuring one of top beer programs in Denver. Ryan Conklin, formerly of Euclid Hall, has been brought aboard to head the beer side of the bar. They will feature 7 draft beers and around 20 bottles that will be rotating often. We’re told to expect lots of one off kegs and some geeky, quirky beers. I enjoyed an Odell Deconstruction, a beer aged in multiple wine barrels and spiked with wild yeast and lacto. I can’t wait to attend a beer dinner here. There is a ton of potential.
The restaurant will also feature wines on tap from Infinite Monkey and a cocktail list put together by Steuben’s vets.
Here is a preview of some of the food they’ll be offering:
One of the best soft pretzels I’ve ever had. I never thought I would say this but this pretzel was on par with, if not better than what I experienced growing up in Philadelphia and on my travels to Bavaria.
The smoked mussels were another highlight of the menu.
If anyone can justify putting a bacon dessert on the menu it’s Old Major.