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Local breweries plan to open in downtown Goshen late spring

In addition to warmer weather, the end of spring will bring downtown Goshen two new local breweries and countless opportunities for outdoor events. 

Local brewery Thomas-Stieglitz Brewing Co. is moving into the Goshen Innovation Center, 211 S. Fifth St. Co-owners Jeff Thomas and Gary Stieglitz have already started reconstructing the interior of the building and hope to open in May. 

All their permits are in place, Thomas said. The health department has given tentative approval and will check back just before the brewery opens. They also need to wait for the Indiana Alcohol & Tobacco Commission to give final approval.

The brewery will have a three-barrel system, which Thomas says produces about 90 gallons of beer. That’s a smaller amount than what’s seen in most breweries, but it gives the owners the benefit of changing their brews on a more frequent basis. 

“And you don’t think about how much beer that is (90 gallons) until you have to start manhandling and making it move,” Thomas said. 

Thomas and Stieglitz already have a variety of beers that they plan on offering, including a coffee stout, a cream ale, a blonde, an IPA and a red ale, Thomas said.

The owners plan to have the brewery in the back of the building and a tasting room with an outdoor patio in the front.

Thomas said the plan is to have the patio serve as a beer garden whenever they have outdoor events in the summer. They don’t plan on serving food, but will be working with the city to have a food truck outside on days when the beer garden is open. 

Aside from selling their beer at the brewery, Thomas and Stieglitz have also talked with local restaurants and liquor stores about carrying their brews.

In the meantime, you can try Thomas and Stieglitz’s beer at the upcoming Bottlecaps and Corks fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Elkhart County which will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. March 22, at Christiana Creek Country Club. 

Thomas said they might do some tastings during upcoming Goshen First Fridays events, but their goal now is to open in May. 

Goshen Brewing Co. is also opening in the upcoming months.

Jesse Sensenig’s vision is taking shape in the old NIPSCO building at 315 W. Washington St. after construction began in the fall and after a successful fundraising campaign ran in December.

In addition to serving food, the brewery will have a patio facing the Millrace Canal in the summer, Sensenig said in an interview Wednesday. 

Construction on the site is nearly complete, with plans to get the brewing system set in the next few weeks. Sensenig said he plans to open in late spring. 

Goshen Brewing Co. staff will be giving tours of the building and selling merchandise during March’s Goshen First Fridays event. Local band The Tumbleweed Jumpers will be playing at the pub during First Fridays as well. 

For more Goshen news from reporter Sharon Hernandez, check out the Hometown Goshen newsletter and podcast over at The Elkhart Truth.

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