has been gaining special positive craft beer attention. Originally the home of Hammond Brewing Co. from 1890-1918, in 1996 Three Floyds’ Brewery
opened in Hammond with a five-barrel system. By 2000 demand exceeded their space, necessitating a move to Munster. Hammond remained without a craft brewery until a bonanza of two openings occurred within a week of each other in February 2016. Byway Brewing Co.
opened a week after 18th Street Brewery
opened their Hammond Brewery.
18th Street’s original Brewery Taproom and Craft Cocktail Bar opened in 2014 in Gary. After being named Indiana’s best new brewery in 2013
by RateBeer, demand for their product pushed founder/brewer Drew Fox to expand beyond their initial space in Gary, and this time Hammond gained in a move. More national recognition and awards for 18th Street beers followed.
A former furniture warehouse, the new 18th Street production brewery sits at the Illinois border, and is just off the Monon Trail within the downtown business and government center. The original 18th Street Brewery in Gary remains open Tuesdays through Saturdays. Each location will have its own menu with locally sourced ingredients.
As of mid-June, 18th Street relaunched The Sour Note Brewing
brand. Bottled in 500 and 750 mL’s and in 12oz cans in six-packs, Sour Note Peach Gose and Sour Note Blackberry Gose are available at both sites.
During a conversation at Bloomington Craft Beer Festival at Woolery Mill
, Fox said, “With the expanded brewery, 18th Street will be able to expand its distribution throughout Northwest Indiana, including in South Bend and Elkhart,” with plans to “reach the rest of the state” as production allows.
Byway Brewing Company
owners Dave Toth, Tom Duszynski and Branko Sajn grew from their Munster-based Sandy Bottom Home Brewing Club
into a neighborhood craft society before launching an initiative for a craft brewery some three years ago. Following what they describe as detours to the destination, in 2015 they broke ground for a 12,000 sq. ft. brewery and restaurant in Oxbow Landing by the Borman, a redevelopment of an area near the Kennedy Avenue interchange of Interstate 80/94. Their proximity to hotels and the highway interchange makes them a destination site. With plans to brew between 10,000 barrels to 25,000 barrels annually, initial distribution is to start in Northwest Indiana, Chicago and Indianapolis.
Patrick Jones is head brewer. His record of Great American Beer Festival awards
while brewing with Gordon Biersch Brewing
in Colorado and Triumph Brewing
in Philadelphia has just been burnished with a sweep of top awards at the 18th Annual Indiana State Fair Brewers Cup Competition
. On June 10 Byway earned Best of Show, Indiana Brewer of the Year and Grand Champion Brewery of the Year.