Black Sail Brewing Company is the continuation of a legacy. One that began over 150 years ago with John Hoham digging his way out of a German prison, sneaking onto a ship named The Crescent, and making his way to Plymouth, Indiana. He refused to fight in the German Army and escaped to America to start a brewery making German-style lagers.
It was there, in his Plymouth brewery during the Civil War era, that Hoham housed slaves in the brewing vessels, making it a pivotal stop on the Underground Railroad.
Black Sail Brewing Company continues that legacy of community and service. The brew pub will be a place to gather and enjoy hand-crafted beer, food, and original live music with friends, new and old alike.
A performance area perfectly set for singer/songwriters, jazz, and more. You might even find impromptu performances from our owners and their friends or a poetry reading.
Our beers are unique and intentional. We include locally sourced ingredients and creative additions. We make beer we love and think you will, too.
We work with and support local farmers to ensure the highest quality foods at the peak of their freshness. You are what you eat. So eat great.
In 1840, a man named John Hoham lived in Germany. He was drafted into the German Army to fight in the Franco-Prussian War, but refused to fight. He was put in a German prison with his brother Martin Hoham. They dug their way out and escaped the German prison and put their families on The Crescent, a steam-powered sailboat with a charted course set for New York. After 56 days on the Atlantic Ocean, they finally landed in America.
In 1844, the Hoham families made their way to Marshall County and settled in Plymouth, Indiana. in 1857, John purchased a parcel of land on the south side of Plymouth for $75 and constructed a brewery, making German lager beer.
During the Civil War era, John Hoham used his brewery as a stop on the Underground Railroad to harbor slaves on their way to freedom in Michigan. It is believed he used the large fermenting vessels in the brewery to hide them. Even today, there are drawings on the inside of one of the vessels most likely from a slave child.
After a decade in operation, John Hoham sold his portion of the business to John Klinghammer who continued the brewery till 1890. That was the end of the first brewery in Plymouth, Indiana.
Black Sail Brewing Company is proud of those who laid the groundwork with the first brewery and continues this legacy by being the second brewery in Plymouth, Indiana.
Like the sails on the ship that carried John Hoham across the Atlantic Ocean almost 175 years ago, we have the wind of their legacy billowing our sails today. Black Sail Brewing Company's logo of the old ship with tattered sails pays homage to John Hoham and what he overcame to start the first brewery in Plymouth, Indiana. Though he is no longer here, his legacy lives on, much like ghost ships in tall tales whose time has come and gone yet continue to sail the seas.
After home brewing for some time, an unexpected encounter happened that opened doors that couldn't be ignored. After considering what it would take to start a brewery in Plymouth and all the risks and hurdles involved, we decided to take a play from John Hoham's book and go all out and forge our way. In early 2014, the idea for Black Sail Brewing Company quickly materialized into what you see now. We can't imagine what things will look like a couple decades from now, but we know this: we love beer, good food, and great friends. That will never change.
Black Sail Brewing Company focuses on making high-quality and enjoyable craft beer. We use local and regional ingredients whenever possible to help support local vendors as well while simultaneously reducing the environmental impact of our beers through reduced shipping and responsible brewing and packaging practices.
With a planned 2.5 bbl brewhouse and a number of 2 and 4 bbl fermenters, we will be capable of producing great, local craft beer year round and serving it to some of the greatest beer drinkers in the region. We have a number of beer recipes we've been working on, including seasonal, one-offs, and commemorative beers. After we open to the public, we will continue to expand our beer menu and offer even more choices and styles.
Our team is made up of our two co-founders. Not only do they both love good beer and music, they're brothers-in-law. This lends itself well to a family-friendly and community-oriented atmosphere at BSBC. Here's a couple notes about our co-founders.
Josh is an Army combat veteran of the 101st Airborne. In fact, this is where he started to learn about beer. Also an artist and musician, he has always enjoyed foods and drinks that embrace creativity and personality. Craft beer quickly rose to the top of the list. Josh is typically found reading books on business and beer or brainstorming ways to do things better.
Mick is a highly-intentional guy. When he does something, he does so with passion and purpose. For example, bass guitar, poker, sports, and craft beer. He does these things with excellence, striving to be the best he can. As a self-admitted perfectionist, Mick is always striving to improve his craft. You will often find him tweaking recipes and researching hops over a pint.