Steel Hands Schnitzel Sandwich

what: Schnitzel Sandwich

cost: $11

where: Steel Hands Brewing, 2350 Foreman St., Cayce

Given that this is the Beer Issue, a Bite of the Week at a brewery seems appropriate.

Yes, Steel Hands sounds like the title of a hair metal song circa 1989. But the new brewer has been packed to the gills since hanging its shingle in Cayce a couple months ago. Every group in town seems to hold meet-ups here, and they’ve already started to distribute cans — keep an eye out for their fist-gripping rebar logo in the beer sections of Lowes Foods, Earth Fare, Whole Foods and select Circle K stores.

Steel Hands dwarfs the local competition sizewise with an ambitious 10,000-square-foot production space housing a 30-barrel brewhouse. Patrons pour into their 2,500 square foot taproom and then spill outdoors onto the four-acre property where there’s plenty of space for patrons to kibbutz by mammoth fire pits, listen to bands jamming, or engage in a tipsy corn hole contest.

While I didn’t hear any mallets pounding away in the kitchen at my pork loin schnitzel and it doesn’t come with a slice of lemon, it’s hot and crispy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside. Served on a soft brioche bun with a tasty horseradish aioli, it’s fried to such a glorious and appetizing golden hue that Heidi Klum might mistake this schnitzel for the America’s Got Talent buzzer that catapults contestants straight to the live rounds. Like all Steel Hands “big plates,” the schnitzel sandwich comes with duck fat fries, chips or German potato salad (pictured).

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