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18th Street makes one of nation's best beers, according to Men's Journal

18th Street makes one of nation's best beers, according to Men's Journal

18th Street makes one of nation's best beers, according to Men's Journal

Men's Journal declared 18th Street Brewery has one of the nation's 50 best beers.

The national magazine Men's Journal named 18th Street Brewery's Hunter Vanilla Double Milk Stout as one of the 50 best beers in America.

"To be honest it’s a complete shock," owner and brewer Drew Fox said. "But it's an honor. I’m very proud of all of our beers. But Hunter has very special meaning to it, for being named after my son."

Men's Journal singled out the 8.5 ABV entry in 18th Street's Hunter Vertical Series as the best craft beer in the state of Indiana.

"A big part of 18th Street's success is signature beers like the Sinister Double IPA and the Hunter Milk Stout, which boasts a cream texture with a mix of smoky malts and vanilla beans," Men's Journal wrote. 

The monthly lifestyle magazine, which is based in New York City and has a national circulation of more than 1 million, praised Fox for helping to revitalize Gary's lakefront Miller neighborhood and placing "a world-class brewery in a Rust Belt town."

"For 18th Street owner and founder Drew Fox, crafting a broad-shouldered stout like the Hunter Vanilla Double Milk wasn't just about creating a good beer — it was a matter of local pride," Men's Journal wrote. "Fox grew up on the West Side of Chicago and moved to Gary 10 years ago, drawn by the affordable real estate and good schools in nearby Hammond. Having cut his teeth working at Chicago's Pipeworks Brewing, he arrived with grand ambitions of opening Gary's first-ever brewery."

18th Street still operates the taproom on Lake Street in Gary, but has moved its main brewery operations to downtown Hammond, where it also runs 18th Distillery and Sour Note Brewing. 

The brewery's acclaimed Hunter series also includes Hunter Coffee, a collaboration with Grindhouse Cafe in Griffith, Hunter Cherry, Hunter Chili Pepper, Hunter Cinnamon Vanilla, Hunter Coconut, Hunter Coconut Cinnamon, Hunter Orange Vanilla, and barrel-aged versions of the variations on the strong milk stout.

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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.

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