A popular craft beer from the East Coast is coming back to Northwest Indiana.
Dogfish Head Brewery announced on its blog it signed a distribution contract with Valparaiso-based distributor Indiana Beverage. Its beers, which include the raisin-flavored Raison D'Etre, could hit stores shelves as soon as the week of Dec. 30.
Indiana Beverage will distribute the beers in more than 20 Northern Indiana counties, include Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton and Jasper.
The Delaware-based brewery, which has been featured in the documentary "Beer Wars" and the Discovery Channel Show "Brew Masters," stopped distributing in Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee in 2011 because demand exceeded supply.
Though not available in Northwest Indiana, enterprising beer aficionados could still find 90-minute IPA and other popular Dogfish beers by crossing the state line into Illinois.
Dogfish Head, however, has since completed an expansion to a much larger 200,000-barrel system, after experiencing double-digit growth over the last few years. The brewery again has the capacity to return to markets it withdrew from, for fear that empty shelves would frustrate consumers.
The breweries beers include popular India pale ales, a combination wine saison-style beer known as Noble Rot, and a series of Ancient Ales that were reverse-engineered from archeological findings. Midas Touch Golden Brew, for instance, dates back to the 8th century B.C. and was recreated resident found in clay jars found in the tomb of King Midas.
Dogfish Head is looking for additional wholesalers in Indiana, to make its beer available through the rest of the state.