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New Paradigm Brewing Co. now serves lunch, will soon serve its own beer

There’s now more of New Paradigm Brewing Company to love.

The South Main Street bar and restaurant, which will celebrate one year of operation on Oct. 1, added a lunch menu this week and now opens at 11 a.m. on weekdays.

“We’d been working it out for quite some time. It was really just a staffing issue, trying to get all the right people in place, that way we could make it happen and make it happen in the right way,” owner Brandon Stanley explained. “The first couple days (of lunch hours) were slow, just trying to get the word out, but the last three days have been fantastic.”

Stanley said the recent addition of a new cook has made the lunch menu possible and “brought a whole new edge” to the kitchen. 

“We carried over some of our more popular items from dinner, we just pared down the size a little bit, that way we could control the cost for our customers a little bit better,” Stanley said. “Nobody wants to spend a fortune on lunch.”

That being said, portions are still generous. Classic sandwiches and burgers are available for well under $10, and if my juicy bacon cheeseburger was any indication, these are the sorts of sandwiches that are too big to eat without making a little bit of a mess.

“We try to do a burger of the week every week, something that’s not on the menu,” Stanley said. “We try to experiment and have a little fun with it. We do some off-the-wall stuff. And if they do really well, they’ll come out on the next iteration of the menu.”

The lighter side of the menu offers numerous salads (the skinny taco salad and chicken, apple and walnut salad are particularly eye-catching), and those looking for a snack might want to try the beer cheese and pretzels or sweet potato tater tots. 

Stanley said patrons can expect more changes in the weeks to come. A new dinner menu will come out Monday, and the weather gets colder locally grown summer produce will be phased out of the menu.

“One thing we try to focus on is keeping it as fresh and local as possible. We try to get everything we can from this region,” Stanley explained. “As the season winds down and tomatoes become unavailable locally, we’re not going to offer tomatoes. If i can find someone who hot-houses them nearby, maybe, but they don’t taste the same.”

Stanley also hopes that the bar will be able to start selling its own brews within the next few months.

“It’s going slowly, but it’s getting close. It could happen in the next two weeks, or it could take another six,” Stanley said. “We just hope to be brewing and selling our beer by the end of the year.”

Stanley talked a little bit about craft beer lovers have to look forward to once New Paradigm becomes a proper brewery.

“Our portfolio is pretty Belgian-heavy; our two flagship beers are both Belgians,” Stanley said. “One is called Three-Dog Bite, it’s a Belgian triple, and we use Horehound Candy from Claeys Candy in South Bend in it, so that makes it really unique and gives it a great flavor. Everybody that has it likes it.

”And the other is a Belgian double, and we use locally-sourced maple syrup in it, and we call it Double Tree. It’s really easy to drink, because the maple syrup smooths it out.

New Paradigm Brewing Company is located at 600 S Main St, Elkhart. Open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. (lunch menu available until 2 p.m.) and Saturday, 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. The kitchen is open until 10 p.m. each day.

New Paradigm is closed on Sundays.

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