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5 Rabbit Cervecería craft beer has come to Northwest Indiana

A beer is served at Beer Geeks pub in Highland. 5 Rabbit Cervecería from Illinois is now distributing to Northwest Indiana bars like Beer Geeks.

Another well-regarded Chicago craft beer has made its way to Northwest Indiana bars and liquor stores.

5 Rabbit Cervecería signed a deal with Cavalier Distributing to bring its Latin-inspired cerveza to Indiana. CEO Andrés Araya and world renowned craft beer expert Randy Mosher started the Bedford Park-based brewery, which aims to "bring the energy, passion and amazing richness of Latin culture and cuisine to the delicious world of craft beer."

“We are excited to partner with Cavalier to bring our Latin-inspired beers to our friends in neighboring Indiana,” Araya said in a press release.

5 Rabbit has started offering beer on tap, including 5 Lizard Passionfruit Witbier, 5 Vulture Oaxacan-Style Dark Ale, Gringolandia Super Pils, Gringolandia Irónica IPA, and Yodo con Leche Imperial Porter, at Northwest Indiana craft beer bars like Beer Geeks in Highland. It plans to sell bottles in Region liquor stores starting this spring.

Revolution Brewing, another mainstay on tap in Chicago, also launched distribution to Northwest Indiana earlier this year.

5 Rabbit, which also distributes to Ohio and Florida, tries to come up with unique beers that are food-friendly and meant to be paired with meals. The brewery aims to brew with "píixan," an old Mayan term that roughly means free spirit.

The craft brewery garnered national media attention last year after it stopped doing business with the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago in protest of comments then-presidential candidate Donald Trump made about Mexican immigrants being criminals and rapists. It pulled a golden ale it had brewed exclusively for the downtown Chicago hotel, and is now selling it under a different name.


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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.