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Cheers to the Region’s Best Beers!

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Popularity Grows

The craft brewing industry is booming and it’s no wonder. Craft beer aficionados simply love the diversity of flavor and camaraderie that goes with lifting that glass and extolling the virtues of their favorite craft brew or a unique new seasonal. Small craft brewing companies claim a larger share of the market each year, and Indiana plays a big part in that growth. The latest statistics compiled by the Brewers Association, a national organization that tracks craft brewing trends, showed that the Hoosier State ranked 15th among the 50 states for the number of craft breweries, with 181.

An article in The Atlantic magazine attributes much of the popularity to “fuller flavor, greater variety, and more intense support for local businesses.” Local brewers couldn’t agree more, and that’s why they put so much thought and creativity into their product, one microbrew owner noted.

Take a look at some of the top breweries in Indiana’s Cool North

Owners of craft breweries throughout the region are passionate about their frothy product and are excited to put their best brews forward. These brewers are a friendly, cohesive lot, sharing a love for their craft and a respect for each other.

Porter County

  • Four Fathers Brewing, Valparaiso
  • Hunter’s Brewing, Chesterton
  • Ironwood Brewing Co., Valparaiso
  • Chesterton Brewery / Veterans Brewery for Veterans, Chesterton
  • Plat 35 Brewery, Porter


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LaPorte County

  • Burn ’Em Brewery, Michigan City
  • Shoreline Brewery, Michigan City
  • Zorn Brew Works Co., Michigan City

St Joseph County

  • South Bend Brew Werks, South Bend
  • Crooked Ewe Brewery & Ale House, South Bend
  • Evil Czech Brewing and Public House, Mishawaka
  • Heavenly Goat Brewing Co., Granger
  • Studebaker Brewing Co., South Bend
  • Bare Hands Brewery, Granger

Elkhart County

  • Iechyd Da Brewing Company, Elkhart
  • Goshen Brewing Company, Goshen
  • Wedgewood Brewing Company, Middlebury
  • Ruhe 152, Nappanee

Best Seasonal Beer

Find out who competed in Indiana’s Cool North Best Seasonal Beer Wars, and who was declared the winner here