Drinking local isn’t just something we say.
Folks in The Bend take it seriously. These makers are woven into the fabric of our community. It’s not just because they produce great craft beer, wine and spirits. Their brewpubs, wine bars and tasting rooms provide a sense of togetherness.
These are the places we gather with friends when they come back to town. They’re often the spots about which visitors are most curious.
So, we’ve removed some of the guesswork. Keep scrolling for details on our “drink local” scene.
Small batch whiskey doesn’t come much better (or more local) than the stuff produced by this veteran-owned distillery. Its Silver Sweet Corn Whiskey might be the most well-known variety. Don’t sleep on the cinnamon flavor of Hoosier Sweet Heat, especially during winter.
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Owner Steve Ross started Virtuoso in 2007 by making a honey mead. It morphed into a journey int distilling spirits, particularly the famously smooth 18 Vodka. Other products include South Bend Ry Whiskey, gin and absinthe.
Ironhand is the only production vineyard in St. Joseph County — there are several in southwest Michigan, if you’re thinking about a regional getaway — and its wine bar has a fantastic location, across from the South Bend Farmers Market next to the St. Joseph River. Its vintages are many: chardonnay, rosé, pinot noir, Moscato, Riesling and more.
Craft beer is a pretty big deal around The Bend, which is home to several breweries. Some distribute statewide, others a super local. All of them foster a community vibe inside their relaxed, welcoming tap rooms.
Stouts, IPAs, ales — they all have a place here. There are enough breweries offering such a unique variety beer that we decided to take a deeper dive in our Guide to Craft Beer in The Bend. Use the guide to find out about each individual brewery, their flagship beers and what to expect when you visit. Even better, we point you toward bars in The Bend with the best local and regional craft beer lists.
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