Saddle up on the stool, South Bend Brew Werks is celebrating their second anniversary in style.

According to the brewery’s Facebook page, the party will last all weekend (Sept. 16 to 18) and they’ll be tapping two barrel-aged beers, serving specially prepared food and offering freebies and merchandise.

Friday, the brewery will release its barrel-aged beers and will offer a special brisket sandwich as well as SBBW’s customized single-barrel Indiana Whiskey, which was aged for 16 months, said owner Andrew Elegante. To honor its community partner, La Casa de Amistad, a mariachi band will perform beginning at 5 p.m.

Live music will be performed outside under the marquee from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and stickers and keychains will be given away as freebies.

The brewery’s actual birthday is Sunday, and the brewery will celebrate from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. during brunch and will have a cake cutting ceremony complete with blowing out the candles. Folks from The Music Village will be on hand for an all-day jam session.

Throughout the entire weekend, the brewery will be offering a 25 percent discount on all of their merchandise.

Even though it’s a party for the brewery, Elegante still has a focus on giving back to the South Bend community.

“A community is strongest when people actively work together to make it better. Being able to start a business that embodies that philosophy as a core part of its business model, one of a few businesses in the world that operates this way, has been very rewarding for me and has had a meaningful impact on our business, our customers, our partners and our city,” Elegante said.

Echoing his sentiment, folks from La Casa de Amistad, Neighborhood Resources Connection and The Music Village — community partners of the brewery — will also be hanging out, and the brewery will double donations made to them through the weekend.

The brewery has already donated more than $50,000 in the last two years through the brewery’s Beer4Good program, according to a press release. Customers are given a bottle cap token when they purchase a beverage and are allowed to decide which of the brewery’s partners will receive a donation.

Moreover, for the entire month of September the brewery will be selling Hunger Action Brown, a beer especially made for Hunger Action Month (September). The brewery will make a donation to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana for each Hunger Action Brown sold.

For his part, Elegante couldn’t be happier about the way things have been going.

“We continue to evolve the Beer4Good program to better it and are looking forward to even greater success in year three!”

Alongside the birthday party, Brew Werks is also celebrating the hiring of a new general manager, Dan O’Sullivan, who is joining after his most recent venture at Bucktown Tap in Buchanan, Mich.

“It’s wonderful to be a part of a community-oriented operation. I look forward to putting some fun, flavorful choices on the menu and on tap,” said O’Sullivan in a press release. “It’s going to be a great birthday celebration and long term we’re excited about some big things.
We can’t give everything away but we can tell you two words that are getting kicked around a lot are family and friendly.”

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