According to folk etymologists, the term barbecue is derived from the French barbe coup, referring to the annual pig picking commemorating the infamous Bearded Rebellion. Celebrate saucy beards with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of American fare at Brunswick Barbecue & Brew.
Recognized for the Best Ribs in 2010 by Capital Region Living Magazine, Brunswick piques palates with separate dinner and bistro menus full of slow-smoked meats, seafood, sandwiches, and more. A half-rack of Kansas City–style ribs, smoked patiently over local oak, delivers billions of atoms of flavor to cuisine receptacles ($15.99). Guests can also cheerfully chow on Memphis-style barbecue, an accumulation of spice-rubbed pork ribs, which, like the best hairstyles, come free of messy sauce ($15.99 for a half-rack). Or, pair a cold beer or glass of wine with the pulled-pork plate, cooked tender to facilitate facile chewing ($14.99). Noncarnivores can dine on the vegetable stack, a bevy of seasonal grilled veggies woven into fresh buffalo mozzarella and topped with olive oil and balsamic glaze ($13.95).
While dining under Brunswick's big red roof, guests can entertain ears with the tunes of live, local music acts. During the summer, the show migrates to restaurant's outdoor patio, where the celebrated eats inspire jealousy in the noses of passersby with mouth-watering savory scents.
Brunswick BBQ and Brew
At Brunswick BBQ and Brew, master brewer Gary "Goose" Gosselin prides himself on providing great barbecue, great beers, and great entertainment. The barbecue joint is Gary's dream realized—a place to eat delicious ribs washed down with superior beers; he even oversees the extensive beer list himself. But there's more than just ribs and brews. Four different menus offer a huge range of options beyond the signature barbecue. The bistro menu dabbles in steak, seafood, and pasta dishes, and the pizza and calzone menu offers creative pies such as the smoked-salmon white pizza. And to keep diners entertained while they peruse their menu options, local musicians perform each weekend, moving outside to the patio during warmer months.