The Vagabond Kitchen & Tap House sits on the outskirts of Atlantic City, i.e., not on the streets that you can buy in Monopoly. Despite not being on the water, the Vagabond resembles a beach roadhouse. Regulars were at the bar, we ate at a side table. I ordered a The Bog Cranberry Shandy from Cape May Brewing made in the Jersey town of the same name; Cindy got a You’re Coconuts from Glasstown Brewing in Millville, New Jersey. On this hot day, both brews didn’t last long. On to the food, Cindy couldn’t resist Vagabond’s crab sliders and I nabbed the big fish sandwich that arrived with a bun literally branded with the Vagabond logo. The beer I chose for the fish was an Ommegang Abbey Ale from Cooperstown, New York. The dubbel sports a sweet bready aroma, dark fruit lushness on the tongue, and very little hoppiness. It is beautiful in the glass with a broad foamy tan head and foggy mahogany body.
If you are out East, brews from Ommegang and Glasstown Breweries and Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Rye from Mountain Laurel Spirits are worth searching out.