INDIANAPOLIS | Cool summer temperatures, the renovated Coliseum and a new beer and wine exhibition helped push attendance at the 2014 Indiana State Fair near record territory.
Bow before the Dark Lord.
HAMMOND | A popular craft brewery is no longer going to build a restaurant and production brewery at Interstate 80/94 and Kennedy Avenue in Hammond.
MUNSTER | Northwest Indiana has the best craft beer in the state, and some of the best in the world, according to a popular beer ranking website.
GRIFFITH | Dan Lehnerer, the owner of the forthcoming New Oberpfalz Brewing, was living on the seventh floor of a 1,000-square-foot West Loop condo when he first started homebrewing, so he set up his equipment outside on the balcony over the bustle of the city.
INDIANAPOLIS | State Rep. Hal Slager, R-Schererville, is the first Northwest Indiana lawmaker to win approval of a legislative proposal by one chamber of the General Assembly during the 2014 session.
LAPORTE | The craft brew scene is taking off so much in Northwest Indiana that a home brew supply store decided to move into a downtown LaPorte storefront without knowing a brewpub planned to open next door.
Beer tourists soon will start pouring off buses and into local craft breweries in Crown Point, Gary and Michigan City.
VALPARAISO | Tom Uban can name his favorite Figure Eight Brewing beer – it just may not be the same answer as yesterday.
The next speaker at The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan will be lifestyle expert Martha Stewart who will hostess a "Fireside Chat" on Nov. 1.---Pat Colander, Associate Publisher and Editor, Shore Magazine.
Certified Sommelier Ruth Ryberg lines up two new wine-tastings at Bistro on the Boulevard in St. Joe for October.---Pat Colander, Associate Publisher and Editor, Shore Magazine.
Bill Welter, indomitable spirit and owner of Journeyman Distillery is a Times BusINess 20 Under 40 winner and other food and beverage news.---Pat Colander, Associate Publisher and Editor, Shore Magazine.
VALPARAISO | Another basement beer brewer wants to open a microbrewery business in the city.
Three Floyds' Dark Lord Day tickets go on sale on St. Patrick's Day, though the Munster mega-event is not until April 28th. And if you don't have a ticket you have no hope of getting a beer.---- Pat Colander, Associate Publisher and Editor, Shore magazine
Last week I found my way over to the famous Three Floyds Brewing, walking distance from my home office in Munster, just as they were getting ready for a gigantic 15th-year birthday celebration that happened last Saturday.
This week I learned about an excellent idea for a Christmas gift for a student, a very, very good home cook/amateur chef or even a couple getting married.
I was lucky enough to be in Springfield, Missouri, last weekend, watching the St. Louis Cardinals win the 7th game of the World Series, sipping a Michigan craft beer along with whole wheat crackers, topped with an 8-year-old cheddar from Wisconsin.
MUNSTER | For real beer aficionados, the place to be Saturday was Three Floyds Brewery for Dark Lord Day.
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