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18th Street Brewery to remain at Gary location

Patrons enjoy a beverage at the 18th Street Brewery in Gary's Miller section. The brewpub will remain at the same location for at least a year.

18th Street Brewery has been looking at moving its Gary brewpub north on Lake Street in the Miller neighborhood, but will remain in place for at least another year.

The acclaimed craft brewery, which RateBeer named the best new brewery in Indiana in 2013, recently moved its brewing operations to a larger building in downtown Hammond but plans to keep a brewpub open at its original Miller Beach location at 5725 Miller Ave., on the corner of Lake Street.

"We love our original location, the building has our thumb print all over it and means a lot to the 18th Street family," owner Drew Fox said. "Lake Street has very few abandoned buildings due to the efforts of the business owners and residents who care about Gary and the Miller Beach neighborhood. I didn't want to let 5725 Miller Ave. become another vacant building on Lake Street, nor did the owners."

The brewery has however purchased a building further north at 614 S. Lake St. with the idea of relocating. But for now, that's on hold.

Fox said after months of negotiations with its landlord, 18th Street Brewery had extended its lease for one more year. 18th Street Brewery will invest in the current building to revamp its decor, he added.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.