MISHAWAKA A Culver Brewery is expanding to the Princess City. Evil Czech Brewery is moving production to Mishawaka. The new venue will be a full service restaurant and brewery.
As of now, the brew pub is set to open in April. And renovations are well under way. Flooring and artwork is complete in the new facility, but construction crews are still on site installing equipment.
The new location is meant to provide more space for brewing, but it is also a way to bring in more traffic. The facility is located near the corner of Main and Edison Streets in Mishawaka, and the structure was the former home of the Mishawaka Brewing Company.
"We took the old Mishawaka Brew Co. and we gutted this whole building out," said Shawn Erickson, the General Manager at Evil Czech. "The cool thing about it is a lot of people, they actually hold this building in high regard as a brewing facility before. So, hopefully we can re-invigorate the community with brewing."
Staff says the menu will feature a combination of gastro pub and fine dining options. Plus, they say the venue will be family friendly. The dining area is separated from the bar, and those interested in the brewing process will get a close-up look of the equipment. Windows create an open concept throughout the restaurant, giving folks the ability to watch beer transferred from tanks to the draft, to your cup.
"Our growler filler is something that's really going to have a 'wow factor,'" said Erickson. "Also how we're serving the food, it's really, really unique. But those are things to look forward to."
The company is keeping much of the new facility under wraps, but says the final product will be much different from the former Mishawaka Brewing Co.
"There's going to be a lot of surprises when we open the doors," said Erickson. "It's going to be very, very ahead of its time in this area."
Evil Czech is offering exclusive access to the brewery before its official open through a mug club membership program. The meeting is happening on February 15.
The Evil Czech restaurant will remain open in Culver, but the main brewing process is moving to Mishawaka.
For more information about Evil Czech, visit the website.