It was about a year and a half ago when Wills and I discovered that we love craft beer… like we really really really LOVE craft beer.
For our 6 year anniversary we rented a cabin up in Traverse City, Michigan and while exploring the little downtown area, we decided to have lunch at North Peak Brewing Company.
We shared our first flight, a sample of five different brews, and we fell madly and deeply in love (with craft beer of course).
We had never heard of a flight or a snifter, a growler or a bomber, cask conditioned or bourbon barrel aged… we were seriously sheltered from this community of breweries and beer enthusiasts and we had a lot of ground to make up.
Wills decided last summer to make it a mission to visit as many Indiana breweries as possible or reasonable (though sometimes ‘reasonable’ was not a factor ).
His goal is to collect a growler from every brewery in Indiana so that when he has his ‘man cave’, or his own bar in our future home, he can adorn the walls with shelves of growlers from his home state.
We also visited Greenbush Brewing Company in Sawyer, Michigan, and Northwoods Brewpub in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Not bad for one summer! It was like going on a mini adventure every weekend, and gave us something to look forward to!
Some were fantastic and worth the trip (Half Moon Brewery, Oaken Barrel Brewing), and others… hate to say it… but not so much (Bloomington Brewing Company, Broadripple Brewpub- like seriously is anyone here passionate about beer?).
Now, we have sampled brews from many Indiana breweries that are not on our list at the Beers Across the Wabash Brewfest and the Valpo Brewfest! Who doesn’t love a brewfest! All you can sample for three hours or so. Best. Idea. Ever. Can’t wait for Winterfest in a couple of weeks in Indianapolis!
There are about 50 breweries in Indiana according to the Brewers of Indiana Guild, and we will post as we continue to check breweries off the list, attend brewfests, and as Wills begins his own homebrewing adventure!
We’d love to hear about your experiences at Indiana Breweries as well!