In its heart, Alder wants to be a local gastropub, full of drinks and little bites and snacks that fill diners up as they enjoy the company and cozy atmosphere. But in its mind, Alder is charming and smart and alternative and it can't help relishing in surprising its guests. It starts this game with the first item on the menu, the ever classic pub cheese. Though this time, when you see your dish and ask, "Why is my cheese purple?", pub cheese doesn't mean cheddar and cream cheese spiked with beer, but rather aged cheddar infused with a red wine reduction, seasoned with miso and mustard and topped with pistachio-white fig clusters, served alongside slices of potato bread that have been flattened, buttered, and then baked to a rich crispiness. The result is an addictive innovation that has you smiling at the ease and playfulness of it all.