Thomas-Stieglitz Brewing Company put out its open sign for the first time on Friday.
Owners Jeff Thomas and Gary Stieglitz have hosted many tastings over the last months while getting ready, but this time was for real, and I got to spend the first dollar at their brewery at 211 S. Fifth St., Goshen.
I chose a porter called Shock The Monkey. There was lots of banana on the nose, with roasted malt, peanuts, and banana in the flavor. Over the past many months, I have enjoyed many of both Jeff and Gary’s homebrews, and I’m looking forward to tasting more of their creations in the upcoming release schedule.
They are working out a brewing schedule, probably brewing once or twice a week for now. We can look forward to a blonde ale and a Kentucky Common soon, both of which are currently in the fermenters.
Thomas Stieglitz opened with six beers on tap:
- Ten Pin Cream Ale – 5.3 percent ABV, 12 IBUs
- Fuggle Nugget – coffee stout, 5.6 percent ABV, 28 IBUs
- Bacchus – honey citrus IPA, 7.5 percent ABV, 61 IBUs
- Dark Lager – 5 percent ABV, 12 IBUs
- Hoppy Hoosier – American Pale Ale, 4.5 percent ABV, 40 IBUs
- Shock The Monkey – peanut butter banana porter, 4.8 percent ABV, 30 IBUs
Hoppy Hoosier and Shock The Monkey were both brewed specially for Indiana Craft Beer Week which began on Sunday, April 24, and will continue through Saturday, April 30. Jeff told me that they wanted to begin with a soft opening just to get the feel of pouring the beers, running the cash register, and other tasks that they would be doing for the first time.
Both Laura Stieglitz and Margaret Thomas (wives of the brewers) were on hand to help out, taking care of last minute details and learning the ropes on the cash register. The brewery plans to be open 2:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Beer is available to enjoy in flights and pints on site and growlers to go. They are currently looking to hire, so if you are interested, you can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just as with any brewery, it has taken a good amount of time, lots of inspections, lots of frustration, lots of sweat and hard work from friends and relatives, and now we can all enjoy the fruits of their hard work.