Hobart board toasts plan for new microbrewery off U.S. 30

2013-07-11T22:15:00Z 2013-07-11T22:59:10Z Hobart board toasts plan for new microbrewery off U.S. 30Deborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | Craft beer fans soon will have a new place to buy their brew after steps taken by the Plan Commission.

The commission on Thursday approved plans presented by George Brasovan and Steve Mileusnich to open a microbrewery at 8250 Utah St.

Mileusnich said he plans to begin immediately renovating the existing 8,500-square-foot warehouse he owns off U.S. 30.

"We want to develop it and have it ready to go as soon as two to three months," Munich said.

Plans are to have some 20 varieties of seasonal beer, including ales and sours.

Customers will be able to purchase beer at the microbrewery. Plans also include selling the product at local stores in Lake and Porter counties.

The name of the new business, owned by Brasovan and Mileusnich, is The Devil's Trumpet Brewing Co.

The name was the idea of one of the brew masters, whose mother grows devil's trumpet flowers in her garden.

The two brew masters are Chris Pearson and Bob Lusin.

This is a first-time microbrewery business for Brasovan and Mileusnich.

Planners gave approval for the plans with the condition that officials receive a schematic drawing along with landscaping and drainage plans.

"We're ready to go once we get our building permit," Mileusnich said.

The Hobart City Council last year took steps to allow for the microbrewery after being approached by Brasovan about his plans.

Officials approved an amendment to the city codes to allow breweries, wineries and distilleries in certain zones, including industrial and central business districts.

"The ordinance covers everything," said Plan Commission member John Brezik.

Brezik also serves as a city councilman.

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