Something Different Awaits Visitors to Science Project Brewing Company
Writer / Darcie Dodds Schott
Photographer / Sarah Reynolds
If asked to choose one word to describe the essence of Science Project Brewing Company, the answer for most people would likely be community.
When Owner Tim Eaton was living in Chicago in 2015 and read an article about the top 10 things every small town needs to be successful, he saw that one of them was a craft brewery. Fast-forward four years and 155 miles southeast, and Eaton opened the doors to Science Project Brewing Company in Logansport.
The brewery would become Eaton’s way of bringing people together. He recalls that in the early days, “the craft brewery was more of a club, and people talk to each other. At a regular bar or pub, you’re not going to ask the person next to you about the light beer they’re drinking. But at a craft brewery, you’re going to have a conversation with others about the brews they chose, and a craft brewery is a destination that brings people to town.”
He was welcomed by the other Logansport business owners, and the support blossomed into a unique atmosphere of helping one another for the greater good of the town – a collaborative spirit that still exists today.
As a place where people come to gather, Science Project is as simple as it is complex in the ways it creates a sense of community. In its simplicity, Science Project has an open, airy atmosphere with a variety of spaces for people to gather. Whether it’s for a signature craft beer and a bite to eat with a friend, or a table full of family members celebrating a special occasion, Science Project has you covered. The layers of hospitality at the brewery weave a textured fabric that brings warmth and comfort to every visit.
At the heart of this clever craft beer destination are thoughtfully made brews by Brewer Josh Goins, with titles that pay homage to scientific milestones and marvels. Brennan’s Torpedo pays homage to Louis Brennan who invented the steerable torpedo off the coast of Ireland. Tharsis Rise refers to a topographical feature on the planet Mars. On any given day, sitting at the bar will offer the opportunity for Eaton to explain the story behind a brew’s name.
All craft beers are made in-house, with one exception being a brewing collaboration with a craft brewing company in Fort Wayne. Each craft beer ages approximately one month before it’s ready to be served. If the menu of craft beers seems daunting, not to worry. Tastings are served in (what else?) laboratory beakers.
Unique brews include titles that celebrate local Logansport landmarks. Grab the Brass Ring is not only the most popular beer, but it also spotlights the iconic town carousel. The 1838 brew is named for the year the town of Logansport was founded. Where Two Rivers Meet is a geographical Logansport reference, and Double Felix is a whimsical nod to the Logansport High School mascot, the oldest high school mascot in the state of Indiana.
Not only made in America, Science Project craft beers are made right here in Indiana. But it is not just about the lagers and ales at Science Project, which also offers a variety of bourbons and wine. The whole family can enjoy the visit. Shelves of board games and an oversized wood tower game welcome guests at the front door.
Beyond the dining room is an outdoor seating area with heat lamps and a Mountain Adventure tent for cold weather culinary adventure. Even the bathrooms get in on the fun. One is decorated with a space theme and another with a dinosaur theme, complete with creatures like a painted green gecko scaling the door.
The full menu is family friendly as well, with a variety of pizzas that carry on the science theme. There are names like the Von Humboldt, which refers to renown explorer Alexander von Humboldt, a pioneer in the South American peaks.
But don’t let the typical menu offerings of salad and pizza fool you. The ingredients are anything but expected. The Rocket Salad combines peppery arugula with quinoa, chickpeas and tomatoes, finished with a light lemon vinaigrette. The von Frisch pizza, named for the notable zoologist who conducted groundbreaking studies on communication among bees, adds an element of surprise to a traditional pepperoni, with honey and balsamic glaze drizzled across the finished pie. A powerful side note to the menu includes two examples of community on a larger scale. The crisp yet tender pizza dough recipe was perfected by a former U.S. Marine who was discharged after being injured, and is now forever part of the story of Science Project. One of the 13 who perished in the recent evacuation from Afghanistan is the older brother of a current Science Project staff member.
Beyond the brewery’s daily menu, there are weekly, annual and custom events that take place at Science Project. There is karaoke and live music every weekend, the details for which can be found on the brewery’s social media accounts. Regional tasting events, private parties and other events fill the calendar at the brewery. Events in 2024 include the Taste of Cass County, Squeal on the Eel Festival, and Horney Creek Beer and Wine Festival.
Other events include stout night, featuring nearly a dozen uniquely titled and flavored dark beers. Be sure to mark your calendars for the third Thursday of every month because it involves a trip back home of sorts for Eaton, the former Chicago resident, with Chicago pizza and hot dogs. On those nights the pizza is made with a different dough and cooking process from the daily pizza, so the experience is uniquely Chicago.
Community is not just a word to Eaton. He has made Logansport his home with his wife and two sons. Science Project Brewing Company is involved in a number of ways throughout Logansport, including sponsoring the scuba club, Special Olympics and high school activities. When you’re in the area, tune in to local radio station 102.3 The River to hear more about Science Project. Wherever you call home, it’s worth a road trip to visit the brewery, and remember to bring the kids so they can have fun and learn a few things about science.
Science Project Brewing Company is located at 611 North Street in Logansport. For more info, call 574-992-8457 or go to scienceprojectbrewing.com. You can also reach out via social media by messaging them on Facebook or Instagram.