Goshen Brewing Company has a great vegetarian meal option for Goshen Dining Days

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By: Sharon Hernandez
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If you’re looking for good, locally-sourced food you come to Goshen. If you want to pair your tasty meal with a local hand-crafted beer, you go to Goshen Brewing Company.

This week, through March 12, the brewery and other Goshen eateries are offering special menus and discounts on some of their items for Goshen Dining Days.

Goshen Brewing Co. is participating in Dining Days for the first time — the brewery opened in May 2015, about a month after Flavor 574 hosted its first Goshen Dining Days.

Their menu this year includes two options: For $25 you can get a bowl of caramelized Brussels sprouts, a pulled pork sandwich with a choice of organic fries or a side salad, and a piece of chocolate cardamom truffle cake. The vegetarian option, which costs $20, will get you the same appetizer, side and dessert, with an onion sandwich for its entrée.

I was pleased to hear Goshen Brewing Co. was offering a vegetarian option. A few months ago I decided to become vegetarian in an attempt to eat healthier, and while the transition is not as hard as I thought it would be — I considered myself an avid meat lover — it’s made me pay more attention to what I’m eating, especially when I’m eating out.

First on the menu were the caramelized Brussels sprouts. If you are not a fan of Brussels sprouts you need to give these a try: they have a crispy texture and a perfect balance of sweet and tangy flavors.

The onion sandwich was one of Goshen Brewing Company’s original menu items. It was switched out a few months ago and I didn’t get a chance to try it.

The sandwich consists of grilled red onions topped with smoked Gouda cheese, tomato, mixed greens and aioli on a brioche bun.

If I’m honest, I didn’t really know what to expect; I’m not really into onion, so I wasn’t sure if I’d like a couple handfuls of onion in a bun. I was pleasantly surprised when I took my first bite. The Gouda and aioli add a savory balance to the mild sweetness from the grilled onion. Be prepared to make a big mess — or, you know, use a fork.

If you are not convinced, (though I really hope you are), I would recommend the pulled pork sandwich, which I’ve had in the past. The sandwich is house-smoked pork shoulder, spicy Carolina barbecue sauce and fennel slaw on a brioche bun.

For dessert, I had a piece of chocolate cardamom truffle cake, served with Thai coconut cream sauce. I love chocolate, so I didn’t have a problem with wolfing down my serving. But if you’re not a big fan of sweets, this might be a bit overwhelming.

To pair with my meal, I had a pint of the Circuit Breaker, one of Goshen Brewing Co.’s newer beers. It’s a double IPA, which the brewery describes as “citrus, floral, with additions of body and a big body.”

If you’re not sure of what kind of beer you’d like, you can always ask the bartenders, who are very friendly and willing to give you a few samples. You can always get a beer flight too, of course.

You can see other participating restaurants and full menus, at the Goshen Dining Days website.

Follow Elkhart Truth reporter Sharon Hernandez on Twitter @Sharon_HT and on Instagram @shernandez0390.
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