UPDATED: Restaurant Notes extra: Hop River Brewing opening; here’s a look at its brews
We told you about Hop River Brewing back in October. The time has finally come to raise a glass to Ben Jackson’s and Paris McFarthing’s new brew pub, 1515 N. Harrison St.
The family-friendly Hop River will hold its grand opening noon-12:30 a.m. Feb. 3.
Located in the 1920s-constructed Rousseau building at the corner of Harrison and Fourth streets, parking is available in the rear of the building and on the street. The entrance is on the Harrison Street side, which on Thursday just had a paper sign designating the occupant. By Friday, the graphics with the name and hours were up, another sign that the brewpub is moving to completion. Inside, saws were buzzing, dust was flying and, most importantly, beer was brewing.
Jackson and his wife left Washington D.C., where they both worked as lawyers, to settle with their young children in Fort Wayne, where her family was. McFarthing, a Fort Wayne native who owns Phil’s Hobby Shop, is a homebrewer like Jackson. They are opening their brewery in the heart of Fort Wayne’s downtown development. There will be a tasting room and some food options.
Regular hours will be 4-10:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 4 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Friday; noon-12:30 a.m. Saturday; and noon-8 p.m. Sunday.
Here’s what they’ll serve, according to Mary Corinne Lowenstein-DeGood, spokeswoman, with how they describe them:
Two Truths & a Rye — Red Ale
A pairing of Munich and Caramel malts for a deep malty flavor reminiscent of the Irish- and Scottish-inspired red ales brewed by many older American brewpubs. Hop’s adds rye for a subtle spicy aspect.
Midnight Retreat — Imperial Stout
Extremely dark, with a thick tan head, it measures over 8 percent alcohol, but can still sneak up on you. Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, stone fruit, heavy bread, and other mysterious flavors live in this dark world.
Lasers In the Jungle — American IPA
This modern India Pale Ale is brewed with two new-school American bred hops — Mosaic and Citra — for a complex tropical flavor. Bitterness is overall low; while aromas of citrus, passionfruit, lychee, and other fruit abound.
Better — Kölsch Style Ale
A classic easy-drinking ale, crafted in the traditional style with imported European ingredients. Light-bodied and delicate, this pint looks like the beer your dad drinks, but tastes like something your younger cousin would share.
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