I tried coming up with a creative title for this post, but nothing felt quite right. The more common definition of vulgar, of which I was more familiar with is
lacking sophistication and good taste; unrefined.
However, nothing about the new Vulgar Brewing Company in Franklin is lacking good taste! When you walk in you’ll be greeted with a sophisticated painted brick interior, cozy booths, and a friendly bar. We visited on a Friday evening and the place was packed. The version of vulgar that this group is going for is more “belonging to the masses” and it seems the masses have been showing up. Grabbing two seats at the bar, we decided to sample a little bit of everything.
The very friendly bartender we chatted with asked us what we wanted so I obviously got one of each. After sampling all four beers I can highly recommend the first three! I’m not much of a stout drinker, but this one was definitely drinkable and tasted good with the pizza we were about to order. The citrusy Mill City IPA was the favorite of ours, and a portion of each brew supports Mill City Park!
This close up of our beers showcases the range in beer but also the pretty painted bricks and mill heritage of the building. This hallway also leads to the kitchen where the cooks were making our pizzas.
The first pizza option we got was called Meat Sweats. We obviously ordered it because of the name, but the crust was good and slightly crispy and topped with melty hot mozzarella, bell peppers, and a variety of meats. It didn’t require too much sweating to consume this whole 10″ pie, especially with a good locally-made IPA to cleanse the palette.
My favorite was the G.O.A.T. pizza which was delicious! It had both a traditional mozzarella cheese, marinara sauce, and mushrooms baked onto the crust, and then fresh arugula, cranberry drizzle, and crumbled goat cheese on top. I really liked the hot, comforting bite of pizza with the fresh ingredients on top; it was like a combination of a pizza and salad, which is the best kind of salad. Perhaps even the greatest of all time.
While I found the indoor atmosphere and newly renovated interiors to be comfortable and friendly, what these photos don’t show is the beautiful patio and garage doors opening out to it which I’m guessing will be open in the nicer months. I can’t wait to go back in the summer and try some of their other pizzas (including dessert pizzas!) and beer, and support this great new local business at 378 Central Street in Franklin.
December holiday update: need a last-minute gift idea for somebody local? Vulgar and many other local breweries carry merchandise, beer to go, and gift cards. Support your favorite local businesses and make somebody’s holiday, too! Cheers!
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