Looking forward to many more visits to Goshen Brewing Company
Goshen Brewing Company has been in the works for more than a year and a half, and all that time and hard work has paid off. The family-friendly brewery and restaurant opened last Wednesday and we made our way to Goshen from South Bend to give it a try Sunday afternoon. When we arrived around 1:45 they were just finishing up brunch service, so we were told it would be another 15-30 minutes before lunch would be ready.
We ordered a flight, trying six of the eight brews on tap, and headed out to the patio to take in some fresh air. The brewery is in the old NIPSCO building at 315 W. Washington St., and features lots of parking for guests. Right by the river, the location is just dreamy for outdoor seating with birds chirping and some nice cloud cover. When we were hit with the full sun, we got rather hot without awnings or umbrellas, so we decided to head back inside to wait for lunch.
Each beer we tried was pleasantly mild in flavor. I particularly liked The Grind, a coffee brown, and Young Soul, a Scotch Ale. Dan ordered a pint of the Tailwind, an American Pale Ale, just right for hot weather refreshment. While waiting and sipping beer we peeked down into a section of the building that is open to the basement floor. Through glass windows we spied the brewing tanks. The inside walls of the building are red brick and the décor is clean and industrial.
We waited about an hour and 15 minutes before they were ready to take lunch orders. We were just getting ready to go find food elsewhere when lunch became available. I ordered ramen with roasted pork shoulder, buckwheat noodles, slow-cooked egg and pickled mushrooms. Dan went with the pulled pork sandwich. When they said lunch was finally ready, they meant it. Within 15 minutes we had warm, delicious food in hand. I struggled a bit with my noodles, but the soup was very good. Each bite of mushroom had a little vinegary kick and the pork was mouthwatering with a spicy pepper crust. Dan’s pulled pork was also quite tasty with a Carolina barbecue sauce of vinegary goodness.
I’m looking forward to going back and trying some of the other menu items, mainly sourced from nine local producers, including the farmers market plate salad; the grilled cheese with goat cheese figs and honey; and the smoked duck tacos. When I do go back, I’ll get The Grind on nitro, and maybe I’ll try that tempting chocolate cardamom truffle cake because I can.
Goshen Brewing Company
315 West Washington Street