Mishawaka Brewing Company

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Mishawaka Brewing CompanyMishawaka Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Eatery

2414 Lowell Street
Elkhart, Indiana, 46516
United States

(574) 295-5348

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Reviews by Yetiman420:
Photo of Yetiman420
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This is the 178th brewpub I've visited in North America. I define brewpub as a place that brews their beer onsite.

South Bend/Mishawaka is a small town in northern Indiana that feels like you went back in time. Fairly quaint and cool from the standpoint of Notre Dame and it's football program. MBC is the most obvious game in town for locally brewed beer. For this reason, I do give it some props

Pros - impressive exterior. The building is an old fitness center they. This concept is much better from the exterior. Once I absorbed the bad interior and slow service, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the beer. More than I would expect from a place that caters to the lite beer crowd.

Cons - I was seated in the back non-smoking area. The bar was so thick with smoke, it made me feel for the employees. It took quite a while to be served but that gave me a chance to read the menu describing the brewing process and the owner's committment to quality. The back area has a small stage where a band was doing a very loud 2 hour sound check (this was around 7pm) and pool tables which were filling up with the lite beer crowd (maybe college). By the end of my meal, the people in the pool area were creating enough smoke that I felt like I was in the smoking section.

In summary, I hate to sound like an anti-smoking sourpuss. The beer was solid quality and I would recommend this place.

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Photo of JToad
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of jtothamo
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of therica
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of tpd975
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Sheppard’s 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 children’s menu is nice. The portions are huge for a big kid let alone my 3 year old. I ended up finishing my daughter’s 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 you’re in the area give them a shot, but don't go out of your way to get there.

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Photo of mdm46410
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of kdoc8
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of fightingirishcmk
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of shivtim
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.23/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3

This is a very typical pub/ sports bar kinda place with green walls, wood paneling, ducks mounted on the wall, beer paraphenailia.... you get the picture. It was not loud when I was there and the big screen TVs actually had the sound on which was kinda nice.

I got a beer sampler which allowed to taste 8 beers, they were all very well-built but only a few realy grabbed my attention. I recomend the "Irish Ale". I warn you, (since I wasn't warned) this sampler cost ten bucks. This makes it the most expensive I've ever had, and not quite worth it.

Service was friendly but I was there at an odd time and got forgotten about once or twice, even though I was the only one at the bar. The food is cheap and decent but the portions are small. I would rate this an all around middle-of-the road experience.

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Photo of jpkoch1962
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

A person visiting from out of town may pass this place by accident, as it is a converted health spa. The atmosphere is the best attirbute of MBC. Its dark wainscotting, beer memorabilia, and Irish Pub motif are done very well. The bar features the normal 2 or 3 TVs with sporting events on all 3. There is also a gaming area for billiards. The dining area is well off the main bar. Photos of saloons, old breweries, adverts, and signage are very nice. There is also a homebrew shop, private meeting rooms, and an ATM if you are short of cash. The restrooms were clean and well maintained.

The beer selection was average, but the bartender and servers were knowledgeable of the styles they served. However, some of the servers acted as if they would rather be somewhere else (just my impression).

I had a typical bub burger and fries. Pretty average, a bit expensive, as was everything on the menu(Pub food, Tex Mex, Steaks). I visited here years ago, and I have to say the kitchen has improved in both quantity and quality- but it is still average.

Overall, not a bad place. Loved the ambiance, wasn't real impressed by the restaurant. I had the Pale Ale;thier Four Horsemen is one of the best in this part of Indiana. Didn't try any of thier other ales. MBC now serves American Industrial Beers (Bud, Coors, etc....)-something that will certainly upset beer geeks and purists.

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Photo of jlh8643
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Arrived about 2pm and only a few patrons at the bar and only one other couple in a booth. Some cigarette smoke in the air which was a turn off for trying to sample new beers. Decent atmosphere but nothing special. The service was terrible. Waited about half an hour just to get their sampler ($8.00 for 8-4oz glasses). Beer was just below average to average. Most were thin and lacking in character. Their best was the porter. I had the jamacian jerk chicken. Was gonna ask where the spices were but I figured I'd have to wait another half hour just to get an answer. Overall I'd not plan on going back if it was up to me. Would rather go to a decent pub/bar that had better beer.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

The Mishawaka Brewing Company is a popular hangout for Notre Dame students (in as much as nd students have "popular hangouts" off of their totally insular campus environment). It's a nice setup inside, with lots of beer-phrenalia on the walls and wooden panelling. Its a brewpub, so they make their own brews, which are mostly just average with a couple of standouts (their flagship brew, Four Horsemen, is, I feel, overrated. Try the dopplebock if they have it or their stout or porter) The beer is expensive here, but you have to expect that with most brewpubs. The food is middling to bad and not worth the price in most cases. Its comfortable, though, as long as you dont mind blowing $40 for a meal and some drinks.

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Photo of blackie
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Went here while visiting a friend at nearby Notre Dame. The atmosphere was ok. After walking through the front hallway into the dining room, I noticed the bar with a reasonable amount of seating to the right. Further in the back is a pool room with a jukebox. Although we didn't play, I really liked the pool room.

The beers here are kind of hit or miss, year round and seasonals. Of course the year round beers don't vary too much, but some are good...some not so much. None were really bad, none great...most all worth a try. All of them have what I call, not too creatively, the "Mishawaka characteristic."

Our server was very friendly and was pretty educated on the beers being served.

Good selection of 8 beers.

I had a bratwurst sandwich, which was decent but nothing to write home about.

Don't go too far out of you way to come here, but if you'll be close give it a try. Besides growlers, they have bombers and six packs to go.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I spent the past year as a grad student at Notre Dame so this was my major hangout.

the atmosphere is so-so. There are lots of booths and a seemingly hidden room with a sweet jukebox, lots of pool tables, air hockey, etc. There is an outdoor beer garden as well. It seems like every time I go in there now there is some crappy country music playing and I usually just get a pint and fill the growler. There does seem to be a lot of homebrewers hanging out during the day at the bar.

the beer is also so-so. The IPA and pale are just not very good. The two most famous beers are the founders stout and four horseman red ale. Personally, for an irish stout, i think founders is excellent and highly recommend it. The best part about this place is certainly the rotating "specialty" beer. Whether it be the hop head, summer solstice, old ale, oatmeal stout, dubbel, etc they usually have something interesting in addition to the normal stock.

I personally dont think the food is that great, and I usually try to avoid eating there if possible.

dont go out of your way to come here, but if you live in the area, support your local brewer

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Photo of Backer2004
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Visiting Notre Dame but don't want the weekend hassles of all the student bars? Unless it's a football weekend, Mishawaka Brew Pub is the place to go. However, you will not find the history, tradition, or spirit of Notre Dame like you would at the Linebacker, CJs or Corby's. Excellent selection of beers, one of my all time favorites is the Four Horseman Ale. Nice size area for pool or to watch a game (I still recall enjoying the Subway Series there the most). I would like to comment more on other particular beers but I'll need to head back to be fair.

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Photo of olacub
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

This place is a mixed bag. The food was very good (my wife's pub burrito and my jerk chicken were both nice), and the service was solid as well.

On the other hand, the atmosphere was subpar (big tacky sports bar look with dirty, if not mollified carpets throughout), and the beer was average at best. The IPA tasted more like a homebrew Pale, the Pale tasted more like a homebrew golden, the Wheat Ale was awful, and the Kolsch missed the mark. The Stout, however, was decent and the Red Ale was drinkable.

Not a place I'd go out of my way to visit in the future....

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Photo of Vyper
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Mishawaka Brewery offers very good beer. I especially like the special brews they offer monthly...this way I am always able to try something different. Out of their year-round brews, I enjoy their 4 Horseman and Lake Effect Pale Ale the most.

Their food seems to have gotten better since I first started visiting the brewery a few years ago. My wife and I visit the brewery often and enjoy their deep fried pickles as an afternoon snack. I drink a few pints and she loves their home-made root beer (of which I think is one of the best root beers that I have tasted). Their menu offers appetizers, pub grub and entree meals with reasonable prices.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.13/5  rDev +21.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is the standard brewpub. It has good food and a solid beer lineup. It is a must stop if you are in Mishawaka for a Notre Dame game. The food is standard brewpub fare with a nice flare of originality. I had this crazy hot grilled chicken sandwich and the nachos. I liked most of the beers.. but am spoiled by the quality of the brew pubs in my area. Order a flight and decide which beer you really want to drink. This also allows you do do your own little tasting! It is a must stop in the area... and as I said has good food. The service was polite, prompt, and knowledgeable.

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