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Eric Strader
Eric Strader
Eric Strader writes about the craft beer scene in Indiana and Michigan. He's a dad, husband, potter, soccer coach, special education paraprofessional, who likes to read, bike, hike, and canoe.



The passing on the chef's hat at Constant Spring

Current Constant Spring head chef Jesse Shoemaker will be training new head chef Darrel Gascho over the next week or so.


Posted on March 10, 2014 at 11:29 a.m.

Darrel Gascho is no stranger to the kitchen.  I have known him for several years, shared many meals in his kitchen, co-coached our boys soccer teams, and I even currently live in a house that was previously owned by him.  But one thing has been constant - his love for food and cooking it - and now he can share that love with others that visit the Constant Spring.

Even though it's been a few years since Darrel has worked in the food business in Goshen, he has continued to cook for family and friends, just as if he was preparing meals in a restaurant.  Several years ago, I hired Darrel to cater a couple of pottery open houses at my home, and he provided me with lots of delicious food that brought many compliments from my customers.

Jesse will surly be missed, and I will miss his Pad Thai (which I had last week), but he will not be disappearing from Goshen.  When the Goshen Brewing Company opens, he will run the kitchen there.  Until then, he will be working at Venturi Pizzeria. 

As we welcome Darrel to the kitchen, we can also look forward to a Bell's Brewery tap takeover on Friday, March, 14th.  We will see a rare appearance of Black Note (a blend of Bell's Expedition Russian Imperial Stout, and Bell's Special Double Cream Stout, and then aged for several months in bourbon barrels, 11.5% ABV), Hopslam (imperial IPA, 10% ABV), Smitten (golden rye ale, 6% ABV), and Two Hearted (IPA, 7% ABV).

Bells rep, Veronica Sanders, will be on hand with some Bell's swag.  Black Note is a very rare treat in deed, and this will be an evening not to be missed.

There are also a few new things on tap at the Spring as well.  Look for Victory Hop Ticket (session IPA, 4.5% ABV), Rivertown Lil Sipa (session IPA, 4.5% ABV), Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree (double IPA, 12% ABV), and Dark  Horse 4 Elf (winter warmer, 8.75% ABV).

 




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 Jeff Thomas (left) and Gary Stieglitz (right) stand where their brewhouse will be located.

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 2:16 p.m.
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