Though it’s only been open a little more than a year, Harry Stuff Brewing Company has attracted quite a following, and not just from craft brewery aficionados. Located in Wawaka in northeast Indiana and served electrically by Noble REMC, Harry Stuff is renowned not only for its inspired beer selections but for its tasty flatbread, pizza and empanadas.
The family-owned agribusiness is named for Harry Stuff, patriarch and great-grandfather of owner Ehren Stuff. Ehren; along with parents Edward and Ginger; and Ehren’s wife, Luisa, run the restaurant/brewery. Ehren is the brew master and Luisa, a native of Colombia, is the chef. Ehren’s niece, Taylor, assists in the tasting room and also helps can the beer.
Harry Stuff is definitely an off-the-beaten-path type of place. Housed in an inconspicuous red barn, it sits on the Stuff family farm, Southfork Farms. Mallard Roost Wetland Conservation Area is adjacent to it. It’s the perfect place to unwind in a rural setting with a pint and a plate.
The restaurant features four varieties of empanadas — beef, chicken, vegetarian and jalapeno popper. An order of three of the tasty turnovers is served with two salsas, Colombian aji (hot sauce) and pineapple. Future plans are to add more South American dishes to the menu.
The brick-fired pizzas range from standard offerings like pepperoni to unique combinations like Tropical Flamenco (Spanish chorizo, pineapple, caramelized onions, green olives, mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce) and Red Temptation (bacon, apples, parsley, mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce).
Meanwhile, the brewery’s lagers and IPAs are especially popular among patrons who visit the impressive tasting room and 10-barrel brewhouse. “We will definitely be brewing and releasing more lagers, starting with our wine barrel-aged doppelbock that will be released late in the summer or early fall,” Ehren said. Also on tap: a barrel-aged passion fruit and mango beer.
Harry Stuff offers “brewing memberships” which make great gifts for Father’s Day or “just because.” Memberships are available at either $50 or $100 levels and include free beer, first access to can releases, merchandise discounts, and invitations to a special dinner night.
If you go
Harry Stuff Brewing Company
4319 W. Highway 6
Wawaka, IN 46794
Normal business hours: Thursday, 4-8 p.m.; Friday, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, 1-9 p.m.; Sunday, Noon-6 p.m.
(Pandemic hours: Thursday-Saturday, 4-6 p.m.; Sunday, Noon-6 p.m.)