Home to numerous breweries and ale houses, the tap never runs dry along the South Shore! Enjoy delicious beers at one – or all – of the breweries found along the South Shore Brewery Trail.
Many of the South Shore's breweries serve up unique foods and pub classics to enjoy while tasting the various beers. Connected to Carriage Court Pizza in Crown Point, Crown Brewing not only offers a variety of award winning beers, visitors can dine on piping hot, freshly prepared pizzas. Bulldog Brewing in Whiting offers daily specials featuring such favorites as wings, rib tips, burgers, tacos, and fish and chips.
The Devil's Trumpet Brewing Co., open Thursdays through Sundays, offers a variety of craft beers. Devil's Trumpet regularly features a food truck that provides enticing fare for guests to enjoy with the brewery's delicious offerings. Chesterton's Hunter's Brewing is a boutique brewery that offers their small-batch craft beer in their tap room, as well as guest taps and bottles and guest wines. Hunter's Brewing offers a snack/small plate menu, and features food vendors regularly, as well as allowing patrons to bring in food.
Wildrose Brewing Company in Griffith is housed in a renovated warehouse and features a flavorful selection of craft beers, as well as delectable fare from T & S Catering. Griffith is also home to Pokro Brewing Company and New Oberpfalz Brewing, an 1,800 square-foot tap room in a refurbished building in downtown Griffith. New Oberpfalz focuses largely on German-influenced beers and its interior has a Bavarian feel.
Four Fathers Brewing in Valparaiso produces beers that are a mix of traditional and revolutionary, and serves up beer cheese and bacon popcorn to hungry patrons. Lowell's Route 2 Brews features fresh beers on tap and growlers to go. Saint John Malt Brothers is a production brewery with a classic tasting room.
Epic Limo Inc. of Valparaiso specializes in brew tours that feature stops at numerous regional breweries. Guests can rent either a limousine or a party bus to take them to the local breweries of their choice. Illiana Brew Bus has tours on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and each tour has multiple pickup points. Private tours are available by booking the entire bus (14 passengers).
With the craft beer community constantly growing along the South Shore, various brew festivals provide visitors an opportunity to sample numerous breweries' beers while enjoying live music and food sampling. Valpo Brewfest, hosted at Central Park Plaza, features samples of more than 100 different brews and the chance to vote for Indiana's Best Beer. Three Floyd's infamous Dark Lord Day marks the one-day release of their Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout, and attendees can enjoy live music and sample brews from all over the world. Crown Beer Fest, hosted by Crown Brewing at the Lake County Fairgrounds, offers attendees beer samples from Indiana, Illinois and other surrounding states during American Craft Beer Week.
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Not only is there a great selection of craft breweries along the South Shore, there are also numerous home brewing suppliers.
From IPAs and pale ales, to porters and stouts, the South Shore's selection of brews will please any craft beer connoisseur's palate.