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Gallery: Dyngus Day at Pokro Brewing Company

Patrons at Pokro Brewing enjoy the music and drink during a past Dyngus Day celebration.

In many countries, the day after Easter is a national holiday.

Lent is finally over, and the faithful celebrate by knocking back beer and filling up on rich, fatty foods like pierogi and sausages. In the United States, Dyngus Day is observed in many Rust Belt towns with large Polish or Eastern European communities, such as Buffalo and Cleveland.

Dyngus Day long has been a big deal in LaPorte and South Bend. A Griffith craft brewery has been working to popularize it in the Region.

Pokro Brewing Co. will again celebrate Dyngus Day this year from 2 to 10 p.m. April 2. The craft brewery at 311 N. Broad St., which specializes in European-style beers, will release 22-ounce bombers of Porkro's Dyngus, a 7.6% ABV Belgian Dubbel that also will be on tap.

"Polish food will be on the menu," co-owner Robyn Pokropinski said. "We also have Dyngus Day T-shirts available this year."

More than 100 people turned out for last year's festivities. Accordion player Steve Kowalczyk will return and perform traditional favorites from 6 to 8 p.m.

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For more information, visit pokrobrewing.com or call 219-924-7950.

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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.