NEW BUFFALO — The Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce officially welcomed The Ghost Isle Brewery of New Buffalo with a Monday, April 15, Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony as a large crowd joined joined owners, Bob, Jim and Elizabeth Sima at the long-anticipated restaurant and micro-brewery at 17684 U.S. 12.
“It’s been a long road but a good one,” Elizabeth said.
Among those given credit for making it all possible were builder Marshal Jensen and assistant carpenter Mike Reitz; Ben Davidson for the walnut bar; Harbor Electric, Weissman Plumbing, Abe Equipment; New Buffalo Township; the Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce; First Source Bank and New Buffalo Savings Bank.
Elizabeth said the staff at Ghost Isle (including Chef Brent Dopp, Sous Chef Cory Tilly, Head Brewer Danny Moeller and General Manager Dan Stoner) “is simply outstanding.”
Craft brew enthusiasts can enjoy beer brewed upon the premises and have a clear view of the tanks tableside. An expansive outdoor patio offers an expansive view, including Ghost Isle itself off to the south in the Louis J. Sima Great Lakes Marsh, a Chikaming Open Lands Preserve named after the great-grandfather of Bob Sima and the grandfather of his co-owner parents Jim and Elizabeth.
“When one looks out over this magnificent view there is a peacefulness in your soul that takes over,” Elizabeth said.
The brewery had been involved in a "soft opening" period for about a week prior to the ribbon-cutting.