Fiddler’s Hearth is not the only good beer spot in South Bend, but it is my favorite, and for many reasons. I love the food, the friendly atmosphere, and the soccer that is regularly on the TV. It’s a local hangout, and just feels like home. And on Thursday, December 20, it will be home to Stout Night, where most of the 26 taps will be turned over to Stouts and Porters.
At this point, they are not revealing too much, but I do know that Goose Island Bourbon County Stout (14.5% ABV, IBUs 60), and Greenbush Penitence Rye Stout (6.4 ABV, IBUs 52) will be on two of the tap handles. These are two great beers and neither are on tap frequently. I was able to taste Penitence recently at the Central City Tap House in Kalamazoo, and it was quite tasty as all Greenbush beers are.
Fiddler’s has gone to listing some beers on their menu, and listing others as rotating taps. I met someone there for a meeting last week, and this is what I found on tap:
Founders Backwoods’ Bastard (10.2% ABV, IBUs 50)- This was my first Backwood’s Bastard draft for this year, and as always, it is one of my most favorite Founder’s beers. With such a great lineup of big beers, I think that Backwood’s Bastard doesn’t get the love it deserves. It certainly has quite a cult following, and if you like oak Bourbon barrel aged beers, this is definitely a good one to try.
Monks Cafe Flemish Sour
Fiddler’s also has two hand pulls, but usually they don’t have anything on these during the week which is disappointing.