Restaurant Notes extra: Northern Indiana Beer Trail will be hopping

Let's cheer to the new Northern Beer Trail. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of

Last weekend my husband asked me if a local beer trail existed. I said no, but by the next day I’d learned there IS a Northern Indiana Beer Trail brewing.

Fifteen local and area breweries, including the new 2Toms Brewing Co., which opened last week, have joined together in the Northern Indiana Brewers Association. See the Fort Wayne locations by hovering over this map:

And check out the outlying area breweries by going to this map:

Participants who want to fill their passport need to buy something at the breweries. Because the breweries are so spread out, it’s a tiered system with participants getting different kinds of “swag,” said Mary Corinne Lowenstein, Hop River spokeswoman.

The breweries are collaborating today, Tuesday, on the first Northern Indiana Brewers Association brew day at Hop River Brewing Company. They’ll be brewing Hoppy Wheat, made with Michigan-grown hops that will be released the week of Sept. 8’s Brewed IN the Fort in Headwaters Park, in conjunction with the debut of the Northern Indiana Beer Trail passport.

It’s the first of what the independent breweries hope will be more events to promote local craft beer and the love of beer across the state.

With this collaborative brew, and the brewers association’s creation, regional breweries have formed stronger relationships with each other. They seem to be a collaborative bunch by offering each other’s brews alongside their own.

Want to visit more breweries and wineries throughout Indiana? Check out the state guide here.

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