Black IPA made from 9 ingredients, 70 IBU, 6.9% ABV; A jet black IPA. Light and crisp, similar to the pale version. Minimal amount of roast. Amarillo hops give tangerine notes to the flavor. The beer is dry hopped with Citra which gives an intense amount of tropical fruit aroma The Story: One of the steps we had to go through to open the brew pub was to get approval from the St Joseph County zoning board. We’re located downtown in the Central Business District which means you can have almost any kind of business but if you want to brew, you need a special exemption. The final step in that process is to attend a board hearing where they vote on a number of proposals. Most of the ones we heard passed unanimously with a vote of 9-Aye. Hearing this spoken over and over, the idea of using it to name a beer became more and more tempting. When our vote came up and it was, in fact, 9 Aye, and this beer was born.
Smoked Porter, 28 IBU, 5.5% ABV; A robust porter with the base malt being German smoked malt. Smoked bacon with some chocolate notes The Story: One of our founders, Drew Elegante, came to beer through his family. After losing his parents at a young age, Drew became very close to his brothers, both older. Like many young men are wont to do, he looked to those brothers for inspiration. As he got older, his brothers began asking when he was going to start drinking so they could share a beer. Not a huge fan of bitterness (i.e. hops), Drew was drawn to darker beer styles like stouts and porters which he found to be delicious. As a lover of all things smokey, from bbq to tea to scotch, this is the one beer he requested. So, Mr. Elegante, this beer’s for you.
Amber Ale, 26 IBU, 5.2% ABV; British and German malt base. Malty, toasty, and dark caramel dominate the flavor. Willamette hops give a low amount of grassy, citrus tones The Story: Every town, like every brew pub, has a beginning. A time when a group of dedicated individuals came together and said “let’s make something great.” For South Bend Brew Werks, that time was 2012 but for the city of South Bend, it was 1865. So to honor our kindred forefathers we are naming this beer after them, in a fashion. Because without their story, ours would never be told.
Oatmeal Stout, 32 IBU, 5.5% ABV; Smooth from the oatmeal with an assertive chocolate/coffee finish The Story: Colonel Norman Eddy is one of South Bend’s early prominent citizens, serving as a lawyer, local leader and state senator as well as an Army Colonel during the American Civil War. Today, one of the main thoroughfares through the city, Eddy St, is named for him. We have chosen to honor him with this smooth, assertive beer because we believe that’s just the kind of man Colonel Eddy was and really, what town can’t use their own Colonel Eddy?
Wheat Beer, 20 IBU, 5.3% ABV; Cascade hops (grapefruit and orange rind, zesty) The Story: South Bend was founded primarily due to its location along the swiftly flowing St Joseph River. Races, or channels, were dug on the east and west banks of the race in downtown to provide mechanical and electrical power to a variety of thriving industries. While the industries have left downtown, the legacy of the East Race lives on as an Olympic class white water rafting training facility and entertainment destination. This beer, like the Cascades of the Race, thrills with its bright, zesty flavor.
RHPS Hop Patooties
71 IBU, 6.6% ABV; IPA. Aggressively bitter, blonde IPA.
Dr. Tiny's Love Potion
37 IBU, 5.2% ABV; American Pale Wheat Ale. A hoppy wheat beer, bursting with grapefruit notes thanks to the Amarillo hops.