Elkhart brewery expands, adds pub garden

Elkhart, Ind. Iechyd Da has been open for two years now and it is already expanding. Their new pub garden is now officially open.

The owner and head cheerleader, Summer Lewis says a pub garden was always in the works ever since they decided to open. She says when they opened their business there was a house next door that they would have to tear down to expand. After proving themselves to the community they knew tearing the house down wouldn’t be so hard, so they did.

The pub garden seats about 30 people but more than 60 can be outside as the same time. They have a spot for a band, cornhole and bocce ball. On top of that, they have an herb garden that they use to spice up their drinks.

“We have used herbs in the past but we haven’t grown them on-site so this year we are actually growing our lemon basil and out lemon thyme and the different mints we will be using in our teas and lemonades,” explains Lewis.

All of the tables and seats you see in the pub garden were actually made by Lewis and her husband.

If you want an excuse to stop by and check it out, they are hosting a Community Pint Night, Thursday. One dollar from every pint will be donated to a group called Cheers to a Cure. They are from Edwardsburg and are raising money for Relay for Life.

Iechyd Da is open Tuesday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

If you are looking for a job they are also hiring. They are looking for mostly kitchen staff but there is a part-time bar tender position open as well. All you have to do is stop by the pub or go online.

For those who don’t know what Iechyd Da is or means, here is how they explain it:

Yeah, we know the name looks like something you'd need a skilled translator to pronounce, but trust us...after a short lesson and a pint or two, you'll be on the inner circle of good times!

Iechyd da is a Welsh toast which literally means "Good Health." It's like saying Cheers, Salute, Na zdrowie or Prost! See, beer is fun AND educational, but you always tried to tell that to ma & pa, didn't you?

Need it broken down further? Say: Yah-key-Dah. A little faster now. Practice it a few times and when you come visit, you'll fit right in. And, if you forget, we'll go easy on you...once.”

Iechyd Da is located at 317 N. Main Street in Elkhart. Their number is 574.293.0506.

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