Mishawaka Brewing Company
Active Beers: 17
Beer Ratings: 256
Beer Avg: 3.23
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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
3.45/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I literally live across the street from here, yet I very rarely go there if that tells you anything. But here we go.
The thing that frustrates me most about Mishawaka, is the atmosphere. I don't feel comfortable here. It's very lacking. It's a spacious place, which somehow kills the intimacy you get in some brewpubs. Now that they don't allow smoking, the crowd has moved on to other places it seems. It feels very empty.
The beers are solid examples. With only one seasonal roatating beer a month, I usually drink that. Adventerous brews is not what Mishawaka Brewing Co. is about, their solid every day offereings are their bread and butter.
Service is ok, sometimes it's great, others it can be downright awful.
The food is pretty good, albeit a little expensive. The scotch eggs are my favorite, with the beer bread and cheese being a close second.
All in all, I wish MBC would kick it up a bit. I feel like its way too comfortable being mediocre. The beers are decent, but it just leaves me wanting something more.
11-07-2008 15:56:23 | More by JToad
2.95/5 rDev -13%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
When I lived in the area, a friend turned me on to the Mishawaka Brewing Company. I had high hopes, knowing there were other great brew pub type places in the Michiana area.
I was greatly disappointed. I felt that the quality of the beer was fair at best. I grabbed the sampler and really didn't find a single selection that I would have desired to try again.
The food was decent. The service was excellent. The atmosphere was okay. If I were to return, I would probably order something outside of the beers brewed in house.
10-01-2008 18:50:42 | More by jtothamo
4.05/5 rDev +19.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Decent find on our way through the area.
Great friendly service, very beer-knowledgeable waitress/server although interestingly enough, she doesn't even drink beer (ha ha).
I had a superb 1/2 pound Brewmaster hamburger. We had smoked trout and Irish-hardboiled eggs, both superb and plentiful enough that we could have just eaten those for a meal.
Cool place-mats with the beers described, laid out like a chess-board, easy to know what you're drinking in the sampler. The samplers were 4-inch glasses, not measly offerings.
Looks like they also have live hops growing up the fencing around a biergarten out front, would be a cool place to sit in the summer evenings.
07-11-2008 05:59:56 | More by therica
3.53/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
I stopped by here after finishing up my exams for the year for a bit of a celebration.
The atmosphere reminded me a lot of a sports bar as loud music was playing and Espn was on the TV. Also the place was very woody mixed with a green color. The food was normal pub grub, sandwiches,soups, salads, and then some specialties like pot pies. Thought the food was pretty cheap as I spent about 3.50 on a bowl of chili but the beer was a bit higher as the RIS I had was 6. The chili was pretty good and standard on that aspect nothing too special. The service was good as the waitress made sure we had everything we needed which was nice and we were the only customers there for lunch really. The barhop was also nice as she spoke with us for a bit about the different kinds of beers. They had 8 taps on with 8 different kinds of their beers which go from RIS to normal stout, ale, barleywine, IPA, wheat, and a kolsch. Pretty good selction and a few other kinds they made in bottles. I don't think they had any guest beers there but not certain. On the whole, I enjoyed myself and would definitely stop by for lunch another day.
12-18-2007 19:52:34 | More by jeonseh
3.55/5 rDev +4.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped by this place while on vacation visiting the wife's family.
A: Not one of the nicer brew pubs I have been to. The inside was kind of worn and not as hip and lively as most brew pubs I have been to. There is a definite Irish theme hmmm go figure with Notre Dame in the area. There was a nice crowd of regulars who were having a good time.
Q: The quality was average. The beers were okay as was the food.
S: We had a large group and were seated in the back by the pool table and foosball. The waitress did not really know the beer menu but was able to answer all our food questions and provided good service.
S: Medium sized menu for both beer and food. There were ten beers on tap and a few more in bottles. The problem is most of the bottles were duplicates of the draft brews. The food menu was typical sports bar / pub fare with the addition of several Irish foods.
F: Was hit or miss. We had a group of ten and the food ranged from very good to so so. The onion ring appetizer was good and the rings were huge. They had meaty wings with a choice of homemade sauces and my wife had some sort of steak Sheppards pie that was wonderful. I had the buffalo chicken sandwich, which was sub par at best. Wish I had ordered the wings. If you have kids the childrens menu is nice. The portions are huge for a big kid let alone my 3 year old. I ended up finishing my daughters burger which was huge and pretty tasty for a few bucks.
Overall: An okay place. The food was pretty good overall, and the beer was micro which makes it better than what is offered in most restaurants. There were several televisions with sports playing which is always a plus in my book. The night I was there they were offering half price pitchers. Who could complain about that? If youre in the area give them a shot, but don't go out of your way to get there.
08-27-2007 02:56:48 | More by tpd975
3.05/5 rDev -10%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
This is an average brewpub. It has a large bar area and an adjacent dining area of about equal size. Pretty standard bar atmosphere with lots of green and glossy wood. They have a couple of pool tables and dart boards. The food and service were pretty ordinary. A bit slow. The food menu had a good sized selection with a nice variety. They had six of their own beers on tap, along with some macros. The beer was $4 a pint. Seemed a bit steep for an average brew. The beer was about the same as the food. Not bad, but nothing to make me want to go out of my way to stop back in.
06-04-2007 03:39:41 | More by mdm46410
3.38/5 rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
The Mishawaka Brew Pub is the place to take your family if they're in South Bend for a Notre Dame game. It's nice - separate bar and restaurant areas. You can also be seated in private bigger rooms if you have a larger party. I've eaten there many times and enjoyed their salads the best. It can get a bit expensive once you start getting into larger dishes though. They usually have a good selection of their own beers on tap - in particular I found their raspberry wheat and IPA good and unique. They're service is renowned for being slow though, particularly with larger groups, so make sure you've got time to sit and have a chill dinner.
In addition to pool tables other bar games, they also have live music at the brew pub. They have a small stage area indoors, but also have had people come through and play their large parking lot. Surprising people too - last year I saw Terri Clark there over the summer. A nice small venue for someone pretty darn big in the country scene. And of course, Mish BP beer was served from tents thoughout. Good times.
03-14-2007 00:21:36 | More by kdoc8
3.35/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I've been to Mishawaka Brewing Company twice, and haven't been disappointed either time. The place used to be an old exercise facility, and its got a rather large layout.
The menu is rather large, with traditional American offerings, and including meat pies, filet mignon, sandwiches, etc. Overall, I was impressed with my food. It was tasty, about the quality that you would expect from an Applebees or the like.
I'm not sure how many types of beer they had on tap, maybe 8 or so. I'm a big fan of their Founder's Stout. Can't go wrong with that.
Overall, it could get pricey if you wanted, but not too bad otherwise. I would go here more often if I could. I haven't yet experienced anything wrong with this place that others may have.
02-14-2007 23:52:17 | More by fightingirishcmk
3.15/5 rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
A pretty run-of-the mill brewpub/restaurant. They do have a few good beers, such as the porter. Service can be a bit spotty, and the food is not that great (the hummus is a good appetizer choice, stick to that and skip eating dinner here). Still, it's a fun place to hang out, and occasionally has a good band playing on weekends. The little outdoor area is nice in the summer. Your best bet is to go with a few friends on a tuesday, when pitchers are half price. Get there early (before the crowd), park yourself at the bar and split a pitcher of the stout and whatever the seasonal is.
02-08-2007 16:43:57 | More by shivtim
3.23/5 rDev -4.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2 | $
I've been to enough brewpubs to know that they range in degree of sophistication, from casual to fairly fine-dining. I also know that the cost of a bowl of soup or the presence of valet parking has nothing to do with the quality of the beer. Mishawaka is a pretty homely place with some nice beers.
The building is a squat one-story concrete structure. I read in another review that it used to be a fitness center, but I would've taken it for a diner of some sort (which it may have been as well) with a register at the front door complete with glass cabinets that in another business model would have Rolaids in them. The interior looked like an Aunt Sarah's Pancake House too, with a lot of wood and some random stuff on the walls.
I got there at opening time, so it was me and a few older men at the bar. Bar service was relatively fast, and the bar staff was quick and heavy handed with the samples (great!). However, the food service was slow, even though what I'd ordered was pretty simple.
Food quality was not very impressive, but I only had one item off the menu so I wouldn't take that comment too seriously. I was surprised by how inexpensive some of the menu items were.
Beer selection was good. A couple of different pale ales, a stout, a dry Irish ale, and another described as either an American Strong Ale or barley wine. Pretty decent selection. I had two beers and sampled several more, and was impressed with what I tasted.
I came into town from the Indiana Turnpike (I80). Mishawaka was pretty easy to get to from the turnpike, and was also easy to get back to the highway. This was important to me, as I was just passing through. I didn't see much of the rest of town, but what I did see was a lot of TGI-Fridays, Applebees, Max&Erma's, etc...and Mishawaka is definitely far and away better than those places. Worth a try if you're in the neighborhood.
12-30-2006 22:53:44 | More by BeerBelcher
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