America’s craft brewery culture is rapidly growing, and new breweries are popping up across the country all the time. Indiana’s South Shore is no exception to the craft brew craze, and there are currently nine excellent breweries to explore on the South Shore Brewery Trail, offering an eclectic assortment of beers in friendly, neighborhood pubs across the region. Here is a quick guide to the breweries of the South Shore to help you plan your tour.
Breweries along the South Shore
Two breweries you will not want to miss are Crown Brewing in Crown Point and Figure Eight Brewing in Valparaiso. Each offers a unique appeal with dozens of award-winning beers served on tap. Other breweries to explore on the trail include Shoreline Brewery, Three Floyds Brewing, 18th Street Brewery, Back Road Brewery, Bulldog Brewery, Ironwood Brewing and Hunter’s Brewing.
Tips for tasting craft beers
You may want to plan on taking a cab between breweries or designating a driver for the day so that you are able to indulge freely. As you taste beers, you should start with less bitter varieties and work your way up to hop-heavy brews like IPAs. Beer flights are a great way to enjoy more beers in one sitting, with four to six ounce pours that will give you more variety.
Crown Beer Fest
During American Craft Beer Week, Crown Brewing is hosting the 5th Annual Crown Beer Fest at the Lake County Fairgrounds. On May 17, the best beers from the South Shore and Chicago areas will be showcased at this event open to guests 21 and over.
For a closer look at the brewery scene along the South Shore, visit SSBreweryTrail.com. There is always something new to discover in the South Shore, whether you are visiting for a weekend or a lifetime.