A new brewery with an on-site Japanese food truck is now open in the North Burnet neighborhood. Hopsquad Brewing Co. and Tsuke Honten are both found at 2307 Kramer Lane off West Braker Lane as of Saturday, December 28, 2019.
The main focus of Tsuke is its affordable omakase. That will feature 11 courses, including skewers grilled over Japanese binchotan charcoal, for $29 per person.
The omakase setup features five seats at a wooden bar in front of the food truck’s window. There will be two seatings — 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. — available Wednesday through Sunday.
Chef Michael Che opened Tsuke’s Honten’s omakase reservations, via Tock, for the month of February yesterday and it is already all booked up.
Along with the omakase, the truck also serves an a la carte menu. This includes Japanese and Southeast Asian dishes like takoyaki, chicken wings, pâté chaud (savory Vietnamese puff pastries), and short ribs. Those hours are from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
As for the brewery, Hopsquad’s beer lineup is reflective of its motto: “Anything Goes.” This means five core beers available all year-long, including the Lord Zanate IPA (an ode to the grackle), Professor Pleasant pale ale, Comtesse de Duval saison, and the Duchess of Oltorf roggenbier. Then there will be seasonal beers such as the dark Cascadian ale and watermelon summer ale.
The vibrant space features a taproom with bold colors and murals depicting beers and characters from its beers, plenty of seating from picnic tables to woven metal chairs, and a wooden bar. The tap features guest cider from neighbor Fairweather Cider Co. as well as wines.
Running the brewery are Alex Limon and Cesar Limon. Its hours are from 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
February 3, 10:10 a.m.: This article has been updated to reflect that Tsuke Honten’s omakase is now available.