Restaurant Notes extra: 2Toms Brewing Co. opening Thursday evening, creating a Fort Wayne visitor destination

Stacie and Tom Carpenter stand in their 2Toms Brewing Co., 3676 N. Wells St. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Games are available to pass the time while drinking and conversing during a visit to 2Toms Brewing Co. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Many of the tables at 2Toms Brewing Co. are made from wood from a bowling alley that Tom and Stacie Carpenter brought from Michigan.(Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
The metal 2Toms Brewing Co. logo above the bar reflects the industrial feel of the decor. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
The bar area where customers will order food and drinks in 2Toms Brewing Co. is the only spot restricted to ages 21 and over. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Several beers will be available during Thursday's opening of 2Toms Brewery, 3676 N. Wells St. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
2Toms Brewery Co. merchandise is for sale, including these T-shirts (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
2Toms Brewing Co., 3676 N. Wells St. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)

When I last met Tom Carpenter – who is both of the Toms in his new 2Toms Brewing Co. on Wells Street – the former furniture store at 3676 N. Wells St. that would be its home had a long way to go.

Now it’s outfitted and ready to open Thursday evening. Carpenter and his wife, Stacie, on Sunday saw nearly 200 invited guests at the soft opening of their family-friendly brewery. The brewery’s usual hours will be 4-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday and 2-8 p.m. Sunday. He’ll set up tours on Saturdays for a fee to show the beer-making process, and patrons who join a membership club will get privileges that include a few ounces more per drink and special glasses.

Tom Carpenter is looking to bring some unusual tastes to Fort Wayne beer drinkers with coconut and hibiscus being a couple of the initial flavors available.

He’s creating another destination for Fort Wayne visitors by being situated near sports facilities and the Interstate 69 exits while having a connection to downtown.

“I’ve had literally 50, 60 calls from (people in Chicago and Cincinnati) wanting to know when we’re opening because they’re coming to Fort Wayne instead of us going to see them.”

He already knows through his homebrew connections that for the opening he’ll have California visitors.

And because he’s all about the brew, he’s contracted with King Arthur’s to do the food, which Indiana law requires for establishments that sell alcoholic drinks. King Arthur’s has the trolley food truck and King Arthur’s Bistro at 5310 Merchandise Drive inside Spiece Fitness, and it runs the kitchen at American Legion, Post 241, 7605 Bluffton Road, which is open to the public.

CaSandra Arthur said they’ve made a beer cheese with 2Toms’ IPA and will have items from their trolley and bistro menus with a variety of wraps and nachos. Once they get an oven into the business and Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health approval they’ll likely add pizza, pretzels and paninis.

“We’ll be looking at what beer goes with what food,” she said.

Carpenter gave me an inside look at Fort Wayne’s newest brewery with its long public tables made from recycled bowling alley wood. They’re meant to have people sit together, drink and converse, he said. Stacie did a lot of the taproom decor, with an industrial feel paired with air plants, shelves with games, some soft seating and round and shorter tables. The taproom has a window so patrons can see the shiny silver tanks where the magic happens.

Behind the scenes, Carpenter showed me the large bins, like our city trash containers, that a Columbia City farmer dropped off. 2Toms will place the spent unfermented grain – no, there won’t be any drunken cows – into the bins and the farmer will pick them up, providing a way of using the nutritious Indiana grain, Carpenter said. He’d like to work on a way to get the farm incorporated into the brewery menu to create a full-circle relationship.

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Have restaurant news? Call Lisa M. Esquivel Long at 260-461-8354, send email to lesquivel@news-sentinel.com or a fax to 260-461-8817 or write Restaurant Notes, C/O The News-Sentinel, PO Box 102, Fort Wayne, IN 46802.

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