Taproom close to opening in Jasper River CentreJuly 28, 2020
By ALLEN LAMAN
JASPER — When will the new St. Benedict’s Brew Works taproom open in Jasper?
Vince Luecke feels the buzz. He knows that people want to know. Monday morning, he shared that it won’t be long before you can grab a craft beer or pizza at the business’ newest location in the Jasper River Centre.
“We hope to be open — and we’re fairly confident — it will be September,” said Luecke, who owns the St. Benedict’s brewery and taproom in Ferdinand as well as the recently opened River City Brew Works in Rockport.
Last week, St. Benedict’s received approval from the Jasper Common Council for an alcohol beverage license in the city’s riverfront development district. Luecke explained that the business is now awaiting final approval of that permit from the state’s Alcohol and Tobacco Commission.
Reflectively, he said that establishing a presence in Jasper was always a long-term goal for his brewing business, which turns 5 years old in October. His decision to join the mixed-use River Centre’s lineup came after Luecke was approached by Jane Hendrickson, owner of Boxer Girl, the property’s developer, at an Indianapolis beer festival in early 2018.
“We just think the location there in Jasper, having great beer and good food, it’s kind of a win-win-win,” Luecke said.
The new taproom’s limited menu will include pizzas, pretzels, ice cream and a rotating selection of hot and cold sandwiches — including some German styles. Also, eight to 12 of the business’ popular beers will be available on tap.
Some of them will be influenced by Jasper’s history and heritage. A couple guest brews could also be offered, and wine will be available from regional wineries in the roughly 1,700 square foot dining spot. The bar area will open to those ages 21 and up, while the other 50 or so seats will be family-friendly and accessible to all ages.
Luecke said he hopes to offer “limited outdoor seating” when the weather is nice, perhaps both in front of and behind the building.
The Jasper taproom will be open daily Monday through Saturday from around 10 a.m. to around 11 p.m., with Sunday hours from 10:30 a.m. to 8 or 9 p.m. Hours could shift slightly during the winter months, too.
Luecke noted that after his new location opens in the River Centre, the search will continue for another cog in the company’s growth: a second brewery facility in Dubois County to increase production.
“We’ve got lots of dreams, or lots of goals, looking ahead,” Luecke said. “But this has been a big one for us, really since we opened. To have a presence in Jasper.”
He later added: “There’s goals down the road after this. But right now, we’re looking forward to a successful opening there, and good beer and good food.”
Luecke said his business is also forming a VIP beer society. Members will get access to special beers during the year as well as some in-house social events.
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