Join Goshen's First Friday in the biergarten to celebrate Oktoberfest

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By: Eric Strader
ericstrader69@gmail.com

Jesse Sensenig

Goshen First Fridays Homecoming will feature an Oktoberfest Biergarten which will open at 5 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 3, at Goshen Theatre. First Fridays will have Sam Adams Oktoberfest and Miller Lite on sale as part of an ongoing fundraiser for the festivals.  

However, I’m really looking forward to samples provided by Goshen Brewing Company. Jesse Sensenig will have Old Soul (Wee heavy Scotch Ale, 8.6% ABV), Tailwind (American Pale Ale, 5% ABV) as well as a Bourbon Black Raspberry Stout (7% ABV) available for tasting.

I have enjoyed Jesse’s regular Blackberry Stout and it was mighty tasty. This version features half of the original batch aged with bourbon soaked raspberries and bourbon soaked oak spirals. Jesse told me that he has only tasted very small samples, but that there is plenty of chocolate, oak, bourbon, and raspberry in the flavor. 

Last week I donated four handmade ceramic pilsners with the engraved Goshen Brewing Co. logo for the brewery’s Indigogo fundraising efforts. With four days left, they have raised over $18,000 of their $30,000 goal.  If you would like to donate before the campaign is over this coming Sunday, there’s still time.

Head a few blocks south on Friday to The Local, where you will find Thomas Stieglitz Brewing hosting a home brew night. Bring your homebrews to share or come and taste delicious brews created by other local folks.  

The Goshen Homebrew Club met this past Sunday at DIY Coffee and Ale Supply, and my hope is that they will come out again this weekend to showcase their skills for the rest of the community.  

Gary Stieglitz plans to have a Blonde ale, India Pale Ale (IPA) and Coffee Stout available for sampling. If it is conditioned in time, he will also have a saison farm ale. Jeff Thomas plans to have an Alt Beer, Black IPA and a Blackberry ale on hand Friday as well.

I shared a beer with Gary of Thomas Stieglitz Brewing last night, and they are getting closer to the end of the permitting process. They are looking to line up some contractors soon so that they can go ahead with the remodeling that needs to be done at the Local before they can open up the new brewery.  

The Local is located at 211 S. 5th Street in Goshen, and if you would like more information about the homebrew event, you can contact Gary at 574-202-1382 or Jeff Thomas at 574-536-8647.

Oktoberfest officially ends on Sunday, October 5, and after checking around for some Oktoberfest draft options, I’ve found that many pubs have already blown their Oktoberfest tap lines.

The one exception is the Constant Spring, just a couple of blocks from the First Friday biergarten and the Local. Currently Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen and Two Brothers Brewing Atom Smasher are both on tap. And I found out today from Constant Spring owner Aaron Nafziger that he is planning on tapping Bell’s Oktoberfest on Friday as well.

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