“Failed” date night lands us at Shoreline Brewery for stellar baby back ribs

Shoreline Brewery beer flight

Every month this year Dan and I are surprising the other with a super-secret surprise date night (or day)! We’ve gone on many wonderful adventures including couples massage at Southside Massage Retreat, Beer Camp Across America in Chicago, ball room dance classes at DanceSport, dinner and live music at Lasalle Kitchen & Grill, a comedy show at The Drop Comedy Club, sunset at the beach and more. This month I really wanted to take Dan to Slow Food Sunday South Shore, a farm-to-fork dinner in Three Oaks, MI, but we’re busy with a church class, so I had to come up with something else.Shoreline Brewery baby back ribs

I determined to take him to Harvest Tap in New Carlisle, IN, close to where Dan’s parents live. I called them up and they gladly committed to meet us there. Unfortunately, the biggest surprise turned out to be that the restaurant that had opened the week before, had to close briefly again for some reason. So I said: SURPRISE, let’s try Shoreline Brewery instead. We waited about 20 minutes to get in on a Saturday night but enjoyed sitting outside enjoying a friendly, cool breeze and a photo slideshow Dan’s dad Don showed us of strange bikes and other contraptions from the Fort Wayne Maker Faire.

Shoreline is in a unique, brick building that used to be a pants factory during the Civil War, according to our waitress. She also said at one time it had been a golf ball factory and later Barker train cars may have been manufactured in it.

Shoreline Brewery queso fundidoDan ordered a flight, which mostly contained “lighter” beers and IPAs, the best of which were Ly-co-ki-we Kolsch, Stellar Blue and Beltain Scottish Ale. But the standout of what we tried was Shoreline’s smooth, caramel-tasting Octoberfest. This beer had a hints of mysterious fall spices and Dan’s parents took home a growler full of it.

The baby back ribs were stellar. I mean that. I never eat ribs because I find they tend to be slathered with sweet, tomato-based barbeque sauce, which I’m not a big fan of. Dan was oohing and ahhhing over his ribs, so I had to taste, and I was floored. The dry-rubbed meat easily came free of the bone and just melted exquisitely in my mouth. I will go back for those. I also very much enjoyed my queso fundido and Dan’s mom Marcia smiled while she ate I can’t remember what. Don on the other hand was not impressed with his SSLT, a salmon sandwich.

So many other menu items look delicious, and I know we’ll be back. Have you been? What did you like?