Location: Plano, TX
Last visited: March 2019
Union Bear is a brewery and restaurant concept inspired by a West Coast casual beer approach, fused with local roots in North Texas. As Plano’s first brewery, the space is driven by a signature line of craft beers and complemented by an extensive bar offering and menu of approachable, chef-driven plates. Access to the brewers working inside the space and a highly trained staff round out the personalized experience aimed at bringing elevated food & drink pairings. The Granite Park location offers indoor and outdoor seating with ample parking and access to the boardwalk with views of the water from the back patio.
Large, lively, bright and modern space with a long bar. 14 beers on tap, plus guest taps, as well as a full bar with signature cocktails.
Pilsner (4.50) – Classic Czech pilsner; full-bodied; hop bitterness appropriate for style
Amber Red Ale (4.25) – Caramel malt dominates the flavor profile; smooth and drinkable, with light hop bitterness in the aftertaste
Bock (3.00) – A little too light in the grain bill to be a great bock; Needs more caramel and roasted malt
Oatmeal Stout (3.00) – Lacking big, bold malt character; needs more roasted malt
Hefeweizen (4.00) – Terrific example of a German-style wheat beer; light-bodied and smooth clove character apparent
Strawberry Hefeweizen (4.00) – Strawberry character is a terrific blend with the classic Hefeweizen style; an excellent alternative for people who object to the clove flavor in a traditional weizen style
New England IPA (2.75) – Very hazy appearance; robust level of hoppiness; hop bitterness dominates over malt character
Imperial Gose (4.25) – Super sour Gose ale; big alcohol punch not present; easy sipping beer
Full menu with Appetizers, Salads and Soup, Sandwiches, Flatbreads, Plates and Brunch (served on weekends).
Some hearty options include Texas Smothered Fries (roasted poblano queso, braised short ribs, pickled jalapeño), Pork Belly ‘n Grits, and Blackened Mac & 3 Cheese. Lighter choices are also available, such as Miso Glazed Salmon, Del Mar Poke Bowl, and Grilled Fish Tacos.