Although there are some recent changes at the Constant Spring, don’t worry — you will still find friendly staff, good food, a nice local atmosphere and lots of great craft beer choices on tap. As a Goshenite, the Spring is my local hometown pub that I frequent. However, after being absent for a couple of weeks, I was surprised to find new seating along the opposite side of the bar.
The taller tables have been moved toward the back, and the group seating is still situated farther back toward the stage. Now you will find bench seating throughout the middle of the pub, which will accommodate more patrons. At certain times, it is not easy to get a seat for dinner, so I am hoping that this change will help.
Another change has taken place in the kitchen. Most recently, Darrel Gascho was running the kitchen, creating wonderful oval plate specials. When he decided to move south to Indianapolis to help run a food truck, Matt Ewing was hired. (Hopefully Darrel will return with his own food truck soon!) Chef Matt comes to Goshen from the Main St. Grille in Mishawaka. According to Ewing, “I was looking for a change and I hope to continue pushing the bar higher with the menu at the Spring.”
This past week was Matt’s first oval plate special, and bartender Mark Yoder (one of the Constant Spring’s greatest constants) and other staff raved about the Bahn Mi, which is braised pork belly served with pickled veggies in a fish sauce, which was served with a French baguette and cold noodle salad.
If you have an adventurous palate, try Flat 12 Brewing Co. Axis (4.9 percent ABV, IBUs 25.1). As described on the website, it is a “mashup of Sorachi Ace Japanese hops and a classic German Hefeweizen. It is part IPA, part fruity Hefe with notes of banana, strawberry and a watermelon complement. Axis Hefe has a punched-up hop bitterness and full, yet refreshing wheat mouthfeel with a dry, hoppy finish.” It was a bit confusing for my palate at first with the tug of war between the traditional banana and fruity Hefe flavors and the grapefruit bitterness of a traditional IPA. I guess the name was chosen appropriately. After sitting with it for a bit, it did grow on me. I guess since it is officially a hefeweizen, it would not be a bad choice for Oktoberfest.
Among the 18 taps of craft beer at the Spring, you will currently find two Fest biers to start your Oktoberfest season, which begins Saturday, Sept. 20. Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen (5.8 percent ABV) was my first ever Oktoberfest, and it is on tap along with Two Brothers Atom Smasher Oktoberfest Lager (7.7 percent ABV, IBUs 22.6). Although I have not yet sampled Atom Smasher, I have been told by Chalet Party Shoppe’s craft beer consultant that it is one of his favorites. These beers are available in bottles around Michiana as well as on tap. If you have a favorite Oktoberfest beer or an Oktoberfest activity in the area, let us know in the comments.