BREWERIES!

Photo taken at Crown Brewing, Crown Point, IN

Photo taken at Crown Brewing, Crown Point, IN

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.

North Peak Brewing Company, Traverse City, MI

North Peak Brewing Company, Traverse City, MI

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.

CHEERS!

CHEERS!

 

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.

The map below features all of the breweries we have visited thus far, and collected growlers from.Brewery Map 

People’s Brewing, Lafayette
Lafayette Brewing Company, Lafayette
Half Moon Brewery, Kokomo
Upland Brewing, Bloomington
Bloomington Brewing Company, Bloomington
Oaken Barrel Brewing, Greenwood
Crown Brewing, Crown Point
Powerhouse Brewing Company, Columbus
Big Woods Brewing, Nashville
Three Floyds Brewpub, Munster
Salt Creek Brewery, Bedford
Sun King Brewing Co., Indianapolis
Flat 12 Bierwerks, Indianapolis
Broadripple Brewpub, Indianapolis
Fountain Square Brewing Co., Indianapolis
Bier Brewery, Indianapolis
Shoreline Brewing, Michigan City
Figure 8 Brewery, Valparaiso

 

We also visited Greenbush Brewing Company in Sawyer, Michigan, and Northwoods Brewpub in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Greenbush Brewing Company, Sawyer, MI

Greenbush Brewing Company, Sawyer, MI

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!

Beers Across the Wabash

Beers Across the Wabash

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!

Cheers!

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4 thoughts on “BREWERIES!

  1. Really, really cool! My wife and I share a similar story about discovering craft beer. We actually plan on taking a trip this year to 3 Floyds since we can’t get any in MI. I desperately need to get a hold of some…

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