A free piece of advice.
In your travels, you are likely to encounter many, many breweries and drink many, many beers. But don’t neglect your neighborhood brewery.
For me, Goshen Brewing Company is that brewery.
History: For those who may not know, the brewery (known by the locals as GBCo.) is located in downtown Goshen, at the mouth of the Millrace Trail. The building has a very rustic feel, which makes sense as it used to be an old NIPSCO power station. Due to their success, they expanded their facility last summer, adding on to their existing building. The addition provides a divide between the family seating and the “over 21” seating, should that be an issue. (You can see in the photo above how the facility nearly doubled in size, with the right half containing the three doors, which open when the weather allows, making up the new addition.)
Beer: As per my regular routine, I ordered a flight to try as many of their options as possible. They offer 6 of their beers for $10, very reasonably priced. Though I am predominantly a Stout Guy, in the interest of research and the visual medium, I got a decent variety. A couple dark beers, a pale ale, a sour, just to name a few.
From a general standpoint, they take a very no-frills approach to their beers. If you are looking for a Milkshake IPA or a BBA brew, you are probably barking up the wrong tree. But if you want a good, solid, easy-to-drink Belgian-style ale, they absolutely nail those. Don’t get me wrong though, they use some very unique flavor combinations. Their Heart of Gold Belgian Golden Ale has (very, very subtle) notes of pear and bubble gum, while their Imperial Sturmisch combines the flavors of raisan, caramel, banana and clove. It may sound like there is a lot going on there, but the flavors really marry well together.
Grab a Growler of… Biere de Favre
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t going to try this one. It is a “Brett Bière de Garde” (a French-style of beer) that uses a unique style of yeast called Brettanomyces that reminds me of a semi-sweet red wine. The flavor profile alone did not appeal to my palate, but the clever name (loosely named after my all time favorite athlete, Brett Favre) convinced me to give it a try. And boy am I glad I did. Coming in at 6.8% ABV but 23 IBUs, it has a very noticeable “funk” but it is not overpowering.
Food: I admit, if a brewery offers a diverse food menu, it will greatly affect my opinion of said brewery, no matter how good the beer itself might be. It just so happened that I went to GBCo. on Pad Thai Tuesday. While intriguing, the Midwestern boy in me gravitates toward comfort food. (Which plays into their general theme of “Southern-style smoked food combined with a bit of Asian influence” according to their website. So my personal food recommendation is the mac and cheese. And add the brisket. Trust me on this. If you are looking for just a snack, their French Fries w/ Comeback Sauce (a chipotle ranch dipping sauce) hit the spot. If you are more adventurous than I am (and I don’t blame you), try the barbecued black eyed peas or the goat cheese and anchovy bruschetta.
Events: Aside from the food and drink, one of GBCo.’s major hooks is the Wednesday Music Series they host. Local live musicians frequent their makeshift outdoor stage each Wednesday night. (I assume it to be an as-weather-permits situation, as every time I have been there for such an event the weather was beautiful, so it wasn’t an issue.) Bring your lawn chair, grab a plot of land, and enjoy the evening!
Aside from Pad Thai Tuesday and the Wednesday Music Series, they are holding their 4th Anniversary Party Saturday, May 11. Check their social media (links below) for more information.
Distribution/Carry-Out: Carry-out is available in the form of growlers and crowlers. (See the beer list pictured above for prices.) To my knowledge, that is the extent of the distribution of their beers.
Obviously, as a Goshen resident, I am biased, but I love this place. I know for me, it has that feeling of home. You know the feeling. I see someone I know almost every time I am there, and there is nothing better than the feeling of sharing a good beer and a meal with people you know. I have been to many breweries around the state, but to me, there is no place like Goshen Brewing Co.
To learn more Goshen Brewing Company and their upcoming events, visit their website (www.goshenbrewing.com), Facebook page (Facebook.com/GoshenBrewing), Twitter (@goshenbrewing) or Instagram (@goshenbrewing).
They are open Tuesday-Thursday, 3-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.