Ruhe152 may be a new restaurant on the block, but Head Brewer David Michael has his feet firmly planted in the brewery he built.
Michael came into the Ruhe152 project two years ago.
“Before we ever got the building, I was helping build this,” he said, gesturing to the brewery he sat inside.
Ruhe152’s menu of beers is impressive. If you’re a beer drinker you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy, whether it’s the chocolate milk stout (called Embrace the Pace, a nod to the Amish community surrounding the restaurant and brewery) or a variety of IPAs.
However, for non-beer drinkers, Michael has created a beer that people can’t believe is not a wine cooler.
The Drupaceous is Michael’s take on a gose, a traditional German-styled unfiltered sour wheat beer.
“The name is just a fancy way of saying peachy,” Michael said. “Over the last dozen years or so, modern American brewers have put their own spin on (gose) because it’s just an awesome beer. In its true form it’s tart, it’s slightly salty, it’s lower alcohol, and its wheat based, so what American brewers have been doing is adding fruit to it.”
However, Ruhe’s Drupaceous is a bit different.
“What we did with our gose was add a big ol’ bag of tea,” Michael said. “It’s a natural tea blend that has a bunch of dried peach, rose hips, hibiscus—that’s where all the color comes from—it’s all great stuff. It’s very peachy, slightly salty, tart, and everybody loves it here.”
Creating a peach flavored beer is a challenge that Michael enjoyed taking on. A lot of brewers use fruit purees in their beers. But with peach, when you use puree the peach flavor doesn’t fully evolve.
With Drupaceous, the flavor is full.
“You taste the skin and the pit, you know it’s peach,” he said.
He credits the robust peach flavor to the use of the tea blend that comes from a tea company in Canada which began marketing to brewers. Michael said using tea in beer has not caught on yet with other brewers.
“I tried it out and loved it,” he said. “It has an intense flavor and it’s easy to use.”
Recently, Drupaceous and another one of their beers (Draper) received a nod at the South Bend Brew Fest as the “Best of the Fest”. Drupaceous is a beer that a lot of non-beer drinkers are trying. Michael agrees that it’s a fooler for some people.
“We’ve converted a lot of non-beer drinkers through that beer,” he said.
When asked what makes Drupaceous the coolest thing made in Elkhart County, he said, “Well, beer itself is cool. (With this beer you can) take an awesome selfie with a big pink beer to show off to all your friends.”
Ruhe152Ruhe152 is a new bistro, brewery and distillery located in Nappanee, Indiana. The word RUHE is an old German-Dutch (Amish) word that means RELAX, and that is exactly what the owners hope Ruhe152 guests will do. Take your time and enjoy the food, the drinks, the desserts, the atmosphere and especially your friends and family, while you experience a special place designed especially for you! 152 Market Street Nappenee, IN 46550 (574) 832-7843 ruhe152.com
“Over the last dozen years or so, modern American brewers have put their own spin on (gose) because it’s just an awesome beer. In its true form it’s tart, it’s slightly salty, it’s lower alcohol, and its wheat based, so what American brewers have been doing is adding fruit to it.”