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Goshen Brewing Co. plans to open before Memorial Day

The beer is fermenting. The furnishings are being finished. The owners and staff of Goshen Brewing Co. are planning to open to the public the week of May 18.

It could be Tuesday, May 19, or as late as Friday, May 22, but the plan is to have the doors open for Memorial Day weekend. At least one private soft opening event is planned prior to that.

Goshen Brewing Co.
315 W. Washington St., Goshen

Expected hours: 3 to 10 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Brunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.

“We’ve had a lot of people helping,” owner Jesse Sensenig said, noting that family, friends and employees are all working together.

RELATED: Goshen Brewing Co. is officially brewing its first batches of beer, March 25, 2015

Potential customers and curious onlookers are stopping in at 315 W. Washington St., Goshen, daily to check on progress.

Jesse and his wife Amanda Sensenig are working alongside chef Jesse Shoemaker, general manager Jason Heatwole and others to get ready. They’re putting down sod, installing tables on the patio, painting chairs and of course getting the beer and food ready.

Sensenig, the head brewer, has nine batches fermenting, including a coffee brown, pale ale, kolsch, hoppy wheat and several scotch ales. Four of those beers will be served at Indiana Michigan Craft Beer Mayfest, the Granger beer festival on Saturday.

In addition to beer, Goshen Brewing Co. is planning to offer its own sodas and wine from other makers.

About 20 employees will be on staff when the family-friendly brewpub opens. It’ll seat about 50 on the patio and about 65 inside.

If there’s a wait – and at the beginning there’s likely to be a wait – customers will be seated by staff in the dining room or on the patio before the customers walk up to order food and beverage. Food will be served to the tables after preparation.

“At least that’s the plan right now,” Heatwole said.

Shoemaker’s menu so far includes a variety of appetizers, salads and sandwiches. Ramen – the Asian slow-simmered kind, not plastic packet kind – is on the menu. So are smoked duck tacos, pulled pork, brisket and a Thai salad. There’s also a kids menu and brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.

Hours are expected to be 3 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. The bar could stay open later some nights.

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