18th Street Brewery

Hand-crafting big and small beers from Gary, Indiana. We Live and Love what we do.

18th Street Brewery is a brewpub in the Miller Beach neighborhood of Gary, Indiana in late 2013. Conveniently located off the Dunes Highway and the Metra 'Miller' stop, 18th Street specializes in both big and small beers, from 9.5% barrel aged Double Milk Stouts to 4.5% Session Pale Ales. We have a kitchen that specializes in small plates, salads, sandwiches, and seasonal offerings. Our large, open front room is great for families. In January of 2014 Drew Fox was named 'Best New Brewer' in Indiana by  Ratebeer.com

We have cans!

And just like that we have cans! Bitter Bitch cans on sale at noon 9/27 in the taproom. $10. Bitter Bitch is brewed with Mosaic, Amarillo, and Warrior hops- and then dry-hopped with Mosaic. This is a perfect first beer for us to can. Canned fresh and local in the city of Gary, Indiana! 

Bears VS Packers Sun, Sept 28th in our Family Friendly Front Space!

Whether you are a football fan or not you are going to want to be at the brewery this Sunday. Starting at noon (12pm CST) we will be airing the Chicago Bears VS. Green Bay Packers (bitter rivals in the sport of American Football) in our Family Friendly Front Space. 

For this epic event Chef Virgie will prepare a game day feast fit for the most avid of fans or the most uninterested of significant others (or the most underage of offspring). Pair these feautured menu offerings with our most tantalizing selection of house brewed beers (juice, and soda also available), and you have yourself a Sunday Funday!

The Game Day Menu prepared by our own Chef Virgie:

Sloppy Joe Sliders (original or Vegan)

Ham and Swiss Sliders

Caprese Sliders (Tomato, Basil, fresh Mozzarella, Balsamic Vinegar)

Grilled Chicken Legs

Beer Cheese Tortilla Chips

Salsa Tortilla Chips

Big Ass Pretzels

Potato Salad

We will see you on Sunday!

 

Family Friendly Front Space closed for a wedding Fri 26th/Sat 27th

IMPORTANT: Our family friendly front space will be closed all day Friday the 26th and Saturday the 27th. We have rented the space out to some loyal customers for their wedding(!). This does not affect the taproom. However, it does mean that no one under the age of 21 will be admitted.

Our front space will reopen on Sunday the 28th. We'll be showing the Bears vs. Packers game and we will have a game day menu. 

HUNTER VERTICAL SERIES- VANILLA HUNTER release this Sunday, Sept 21st.

This Sunday, September 21st, we will release the second in our HUNTER VERTICAL SERIES- VANILLA HUNTER. VANILLA HUNTER starts with our base of HUNTER Milk Stout with which we then added whole Vanilla beans to compliment HUNTER'S roastiness with an elegant rounded out flavor. We will open at noon for sales, $12 (cash preferred) with a 2 bottle limit.

Bucky- the man, the myth, is now an official Brewer for 18th Street.

Bucky has been helping us out with brewing for the last 8 months. Today we are happy to officially announce Bucky as a Brewer in the 18th Street Brew Team! Below is a bio of Bucky- but I kind of think this picture speaks for itself: 

'From beer-hater to brewer. Mad Hatter IPA opened my eyes to this wonderful world of beer 10 years ago. Crisp and refreshing and what is this? Beer has flavor? Hops you say? That is amazing. 

When my buddy Dave got a brew kit for Christmas about 5 years ago, we decided to give this brewing thing a try. Brewing under Big Dicks Brewing since then I have focused mainly on IPAs, stouts, and wood-aged beer. Loving what we do and wanting to share it with others led us to chef Won Kim and his series of home brew events. These gave us a place to interact with other home brewers and beer fans that were not just our friends. This was also how I met Drew.

The last 8 months I have been working at 18th street part-time.The experience I have gained will carry me through my career at 18th street brewery and beyond.'

New bottles (and a can) available for sale in our bottle shop now.

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Cantillon Classic Gueze 750mL. SOLD OUT

Prairie Artisan Ales Cherry Funk 500mL: 'Cherry Funk is a sour ale that has been aged on cherries, and has an ABV of 7.5%. The end results are dry and sour with tart cherry flavor and aroma. Unlike some fruit beers that are syrupy and sweet, Cherry Funk is complex and on point with Prairie’s farmhouse point of view.' (Commercial description)

Mikkeller Spontanpeach 375mL: 'In the spontan series we present Spontanpeach – this time, forming an alliance with peach that were generously added underway the brewing process, creating a truly unique and distinct, sour beer. Spontaneous fermented beer; BA in oak barrels; Brewed at D’Proef in Belgium ABV: 7,7 %.' (Commercial description)

Evil Twin Brewing Hipster Ale 12oz: American Pale Ale brewed by Two Roads Brewing, CT for Evil Twin. ABV: 5.5%.

The Sour Note Brewing announcement and release

We are extremely happy to publicly announce our sour project, 'The Sour Note Brewing' today. The Sour Note Brewing is a gypsy style brewing project that will allow us to invite prolific brewers in to focus on small batches of Sour, Brett, Gose, and Gueze styles of beer. Our first release will be of a Gose (pictured) beer this Saturday, September 13th at noon. Bottles are $15 with a limit of 1 as the quantity is very limited. More info on The Sour Note can be found on our site here and on facebook here. 

INDIANAPOLIS- SINISTER DIPA is coming in both bottle and draft!

A limited amount of bottles will be delivered to:
Crown Liquors (downtown location), Kahn's (downtown location), Vine and Table (Carmel), Parti-Pak Liquors (Greenwood). 
Draft will be available at: 
La Margarita (Fountain Square), 20 Tap (Indianapolis), Hop Cat (Broadripple), Sahms Place (Indy), Boomboz (Carmel), and The Sinking Ship (Indy).

Keep posted on our 'Find 18th Near You' page for updates on who's carrying us. 

USA TODAY write up about Gary, IN

It's a great write up about the revitalization of Gary, IN. Let the world know that real people do live in Gary and real people do care about Gary.  The article was written by Aamer Madhani. It was copied and pasted from its original source on the USA TODAY website here.

GARY, Ind. — It might be telling of the complexity of this city's problems that the recent start of the demolition of Gary's tallest — and arguably most decrepit — building is being heralded by local leaders as one of the most significant signs of progress this community has seen in years.

But in this tough-luck city, tearing down the old Sheraton Hotel, an eyesore that had become a powerful symbol of this once great steel town's fall, is nothing short of a monumental achievement.

"It really symbolizes the best of times and worst of times for this city," says Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, who made demolishing the 14-floor structure a central part of her 2011 campaign to head this city. "When Gary was doing well, this was a central point. It was also a place that struggled as the city struggled."

Gary has been down so long the bottom might look like up. It wasn't always that way.

This is a city that grew up around U.S. Steel and gave the world Michael Jackson. It's a place that proudly touted itself as the "City of the Century." And it was the first big U.S. city to elect a black mayor, Richard Hatcher, in the late 1960s.

Since then, there have been a lot of dark days in Gary, and recent weeks have been among the hardest.

'HEINOUS' VIOLENCE IN MURDER CITY

Freeman-Wilson last month named a new police chief, days after the old chief stepped down as the city reckoned with what the mayor called "some of the most heinous murders seen in decades," a striking assessment for a city pinned with the ugly moniker of Murder Capital of the U.S. in the 1990s.

Her heightened concern about the city's violence was punctuated by last month's killing of veteran Gary police officer Jeffrey Westerfield — an incident that was followed by the gruesome stabbing murder of an 80-year-old woman and her 88-year-old husband and the slaying of a 41-year-old mechanic found dead in an auto repair shop.

Violent crime, while still a major irritant for this city, is actually down. Gary has recorded 26 homicides thus far this year, putting it on pace for fewer murders than last year's 54.

"The city of Gary isn't bad, and things can be different," says Crystal Fields, 43, a city resident who has spent most of her life here. "This used to be a place when I was growing up that if you were doing something wrong and your neighbor saw it they'd whup your (butt) and then call your mom and dad who would whup you again once you got home. That's what we got to get back to."

A DWINDLING POPULATION

The city's malaise parallels what other one-time industrial powerhouses such as Cleveland, Detroit and Newark have faced in recent decades as residents flee the cities and job opportunities dry up.

Gary has seen U.S. Steel — the city's biggest employer — shrink from a 25,000-person workforce in the 1960s to fewer than 5,000 workers today. The city's population stood at about 79,000 in 2012, down from 178,000 in 1960.

The dwindling population is starkly reflected in the 10,000 vacant homes spread over this sprawling city that's geographically the size of San Francisco but has less than 10% of the population. Earlier this summer, the city's school board voted to close six of the city's 17 schools, an unavoidable byproduct of the migration.

Despite the long list of issues facing Gary, Freeman-Wilson and others in her Cabinet insist the city's fortunes can – and will – change.

"We are the majority," Freeman-Wilson told residents at a recent community gathering in the city. "There are more good people in the city of Gary…than not. We're going to take back our city."

The push by Freeman-Wilson to revitalize this city has been fitful. But she and her staff point to some successes.

One of her primary goals has been to improve this city's appearance and image. Soon after coming to office, she forged a relationship with the University of Chicago, with some help from former Chicago mayor and current UofC distinguished fellow Richard Daley.

As a result of that friendship with Daley, University of Chicago students are cataloguing Gary's blight — no small task in a city of thousands of vacant homes and empty lots overrun with shoulder-high weeds and trash.

Freeman-Wilson also has won over residents by making a weekly ritual of cleaning up trash and mowing lawns at abandoned lots around town.

A Harvard-educated attorney, Freeman-Wilson made two unsuccessful runs for the city's highest office before finally winning in 2011. She has served as a municipal judge and as the Hoosier state's attorney general. But she insists she doesn't have any greater political ambition than leading her hometown.

"This is the job I plan to retire from," she says.

She met recently with residents to discuss initial plans for redevelopment and demolition of abandoned properties in several neighborhoods that will, in part, be funded through a White House program to assist distressed cities.

Sean O'Brien, a lead operator out of Toledo, Ohio, watches as workers remove an asbestos coating from the parking garage wall at the Sheraton Hotel site.(Photo: Alyssa L Schukar for USA TODAY)

Her most notable accomplishment to date may be following through on her campaign promise on demolishing the old Sheraton — an issue that had become a focal point of every mayoral campaign in this city over the last four decades.

It opened as a Holiday Inn in 1968, early in Hatcher's term and as white flight from the city began. The hotel, which neighbors City Hall, struggled financially from the outset and closed in 1972. It reopened in 1978 as a Sheraton franchise but didn't have better luck turning a profit.

Operations were scaled back over the years. Despite subsidies from the city to help keep the doors open, the hotel closed for good in 1984. The restaurant and lounge in the hotel complex closed the following year.

CAN GARY REBOUND?

Freeman-Wilson and her aides acknowledge that Gary can't return to the glory days as an industrial giant. But they are convinced the city can rebound by leveraging some of its existing assets, including the Gary/Chicago International Airport and the city's location on Lake Michigan.

"The first 100 years of this city was about the rise and fall of the steel mill," says Richard Leverett, the mayor's chief of staff. "We're pulling people in and saying let's re-imagine these neighborhoods. Let's look at our park assets, let's look at our lakefront assets. This city was built for 200,000 and now has far less. What does that mean for how our city should look in the future?"

Freeman-Wilson and her aides also have tried to sell the city as a place where entrepreneurs can get a start at rock-bottom prices.

One business owner drawn by the affordability of Gary is Drew Fox, a craft beer maker who opened 18th Street Brewery here late last year.

Fox, who has 14 employees, now is installing a canning operation, and his tap room's chef soon will open a bakery that will operate out of the brewery's space.

Fox, 42, says Gary has a long way to go in shedding its stigma. But he's convinced the city can be a great incubator for young entrepreneurs who have good ideas but not necessarily a lot of cash. At the same time, the city badly needs more people to take the plunge if it's going to rebound.

"This city will survive even if it's on one knee right now," Fox says. "But it's going to take people like myself and others to help this city rise. You're going to take your licks, but you have to be able to sustain and look forward to those better days. It's going to take some strong will and strong-minded people to forge ahead."

 

Labor Day Hours

Monday is Labor Day:
We will be open from noon-5pm serving drafts and filling howlers. Our kitchen will be closed but we will have our Snack Menu available. 

SINSTER bottles and draft

We have a limited amount of SINISTER bottles available in the bottle shop of the brewpub. Bottles are $12 w a limit of 4. We also have a very limited amount of our specially packaged SINISTERS left. These are $14 and include the hand-made packaging and a SINISTER tarot card.  Not interested in bottles? We have SINISTER in our taproom on draft. 

Special hand made packaging for SINISTER. VERY limited quantities.  

Special hand made packaging for SINISTER. VERY limited quantities.  

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