2 Toms Brewing Company
Jul20

2 Toms Brewing Company

  When you walk in to 2 Toms Brewing Company, you’ll be immediately immersed. The aesthetic and the open concept space are as carefully crafted as the beer in the brew tanks. The polished concrete floor gleams with the reflection of the Edison-style light bulbs, which are encased in glass balls and suspended from black iron industrial light fixtures. As you soak in the mid-century/industrial design, you’ll start to pick up on another theme: repurpose. All the furniture has a story here. You’ll see counter height tables that are made of old bowling alley lanes and reclaimed steel I-beams. There are stools from an old science lab. Jim Beam barrels have been given new life as cocktail tables. The end of an old cable spool is now a rustic coffee table. Even the dining chairs have a story – they’ve been salvaged from a church and refinished. But despite all this attention to creative design, you won’t be able to deny that the brew tanks are the real focal point of the room. They’re showcased behind glass and a ledge with tall low-backed chairs offers you a front row seat for dreaming about the grain fermenting inside. The Story of 2 Toms The story of 2 Toms Brewing Company began when Tom Carpenter’s wife Stacie bought him a 1-gallon home brew kit for this birthday three years ago. “It came with a glass jug, hops, yeast – everything you’d need to make beer on the stove,” he told me. Tom says he’s always liked craft beer and it was fun to do on a small scale. “Getting to travel around to different breweries and taprooms, seeing the creative brewing styles coming out, talking to owners and brewers, I really enjoyed it.”The name came about because Stacie joked that Tom was so busy he needed to clone himself so they could have ‘two Toms’. “As far as the brand, right out of the gate I acted like a brewery. I have a business background and a creative and engineering mind. I created an Untappd.com account and printed up some Avery labels for my brews.” Tom is part of a local group called Pour Misfits, a craft beer group that meets to share and trade different beers and talk hops and malt. Pour Misfits is now worldwide, with members numbering over 3000. “I really respected their pallets, so I brought them my homebrew. They liked it and my beer developed a following. Eventually, people were begged us to open a business so they could get access to my beer full-time – and here we are,” he explained, pushing his cap back...

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Getting into the St. Patrick’s Day Spirit
Mar15

Getting into the St. Patrick’s Day Spirit

Saturday, March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day and we are hoping to bring a little luck o’ the Irish to you when it comes to finding somewhere to celebrate. While the rivers run green and the Irish pubs are full, many of local establishments are serving up some great deals, festive treats, and awesome entertainment to keep you in good spirits. Three Rivers Distilling Company St. Patty’s Day at the Distillery March 17, 12pm-11pm What to expect: Drinks $5 – Emerald Isle: Summit City Gin and crème de menthe $7 – Pot of Gold: Harvester Vodka with a touch of elderflower, splash of ginger beer $6 – Irish Eyes: 122 Unaged Corn Whiskey, crème de menthe, and heavy cream $6 – Irish Lady: melon infused Harvester Vodka with OJ and sparkling grape juice on draft $7 – Sparkling Shamrock: Cucumber and pear infused Harvester Vodka, touch of elderflower, lemon juice and simple syrup served on draft Food Corn beef and cabbage Shepherd’s pie Irish stew All of their other amazing food options. Pedal City Starting at 8am for Mad Ant’s Pub Crawl Pedal City is having live music and a free tasting on St Patrick’s day! The tasting starts at 8 am with a free Irish whiskey sampling and lots of giveaways! The live music starts at 1 pm with Blake Blurry until 5 pm then again with Dan Smyth starting at 10 pm!! What to expect: Drinks $3 Paddy’s Irish Whiskey $4 large (22 oz) Green Beer $4 Irish coffee $4 Coffee with Irish Cream Food Shepherd’s pie Twice baked potatoes Reuben sandwich Corn beef and cabbage HT2 March 17, 3pm-12am While they aren’t having a party like other local bars, they are sticking to their signature craft drink charms! What to expect: HT2 will be serving a special drink called Magic Milks. This drink is a Lucky Charm Marshmallow infused vodka with almond milk Hamilton Public House March 17, 8pm to 11pm Hamilton Public House is hosting the Summit City Saints among other wonderful things tonight to celebrate that little Irishman in us all. What to expect: Green beer Live music Various food and drink specials “The Black Stuff” Guinness 16oz Cans. We’ll have the patio open to those ages 21 and older. Two EE’s Winery March 13-21st While most people are out looking for green beer, Two EE’s is putting a green spin on one of their popular items! What to Expect: $7 Green, vanilla slushies! Hop River Brewing Company March 17, noon – 12:30am Great, Not Green: Know What’s in Your Glass! Learn about beer on the day you enjoy it most. Interactive brewhouse tours...

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LFW Weekly Fun File
Sep21

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun events in Fort Wayne? Look no further! Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. International Day of Peace Rally Thursday, September 21 at 12:15 p.m. In 1981, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution declaring September 21 the International Day of Peace. Join us downtown (or wherever you are) for a moment of silence where you meditate on bringing peace to your heart and the world! September Hot Spot Thursday, September 21 at 5:30 p.m. Hot spot time! Check out CityScape flats and do some networking! Women’s Creative Entrepreneur Night Thursday, September 21 at 6 p.m. Shop and support local women and all they bring to our community! Whose Live Anyway Thursday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m. Should be a great show! Get your tickets ASAP! Triad Fall Medication Disposal Day Friday, September 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Doing some fall cleaning? Don’t forget your medicine cabinet! Fall Harvest Festival Friday and Saturday, September 22 and 23 There’s going to be so many fun things to do on the farm! Kick off the fall season with great activities on this beautiful weekend! Return of the SOUP Friday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m. SOUP is back! Watch four presentations and vote on which project you think will most benefit our community. Safety Fair at Jefferson Pointe Saturday, September 23 at 10 a.m. The kiddos will love this safety fair, you grown-ups can get some useful information as well! Stop by! Hop On Brew Tour Saturday, September 23 at 1 p.m. This benefit for CTN will take you to our local breweries while you get to meet new friends. It should be a super fun time! It’s hop on, hop off style — so grab a ticket and come anytime! Lakeside Fall Concert Sunday, September 24 at 3 p.m. The rose gardens are still beautiful this time of year, there will be music, fun activities, and small business shopping. Don’t miss it! Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and enjoy this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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5 Can’t-Miss Reasons to Go to Middle Waves Music Festival
Sep13

5 Can’t-Miss Reasons to Go to Middle Waves Music Festival

A post shared by M I D D L E W A V E S (@middlewaves) on Sep 15, 2016 at 10:45am PDT Middle Waves Music Festival turns up the volume and the good vibes this Friday and Saturday, September 15th and 16th at Headwaters Park. This second annual festival offers plenty of events to get hyped about. If you’re still on the fence about attending, check out our 5 can’t-miss reasons to go to Middle Waves.   1. The Music With three stages of local and national acts, the official lineup is jam-packed with great music. Between headliner MGMT and a medley of different music, you’re guaranteed to find tunes that you vibe with.   A post shared by M I D D L E W A V E S (@middlewaves) on Aug 31, 2017 at 2:08pm PDT   2. Vibe Events Speaking of vibes, there’s oodles of activities you can participate in for free with admission thanks to the Middle Waves Vibe Tribe. Get your hair done at the Braid Bar, pick up some glitter from the Glitter Bar, take a yoga class, meet a unicorn, snap a selfie at the photo ops, or hang out in a hammock or VW Bus – and that’s just a few events put together for the Middle Waves experience. A post shared by M I D D L E W A V E S (@middlewaves) on Sep 17, 2016 at 5:42am PDT 3. The Village A post shared by M I D D L E W A V E S (@middlewaves) on Sep 17, 2016 at 8:01am PDT The Village includes booths by local businesses and food vendors. Work up an appetite with all the activity? Don’t worry, your favorite fare is available, including Bravas Hot Dogs and Tacos Bravas, Vietnummy, Affine, and Big Apple Pizza and Deli. Beer and wine tents can be found in on both sides of the festival. Cheers! 4. Mini Waves   A post shared by M I D D L E W A V E S (@middlewaves) on Aug 26, 2017 at 4:50pm PDT Did you know that Middle Waves is kid friendly? There’s a festival within the festival just for kiddos called Mini Waves. Kids can visit the petting zoo, head to Storytime between Sets, get creative at the Craft Station or Construction Junction, get their face painted, play in one-of-a-kind cardboard playsets at Boxlanders Playspace, and unleash their inner rockstar with a variety of instruments at Sweetwater’s Instrumentation Station. 5. VVIP Access (That’s Very, Very Important Person)  If you want star treatment, a VVIP pass is the ticket. Literally. When you purchase a VVIP...

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07 Pub – Your New Favorite Place to Hang Out!
Jul26

07 Pub – Your New Favorite Place to Hang Out!

When I first moved to Fort Wayne, I found it interesting that people refer to their neighborhoods by zip code. The ’05, the ’07, etc. It was one of those quirky things like “going to the lake” (which I assumed was one massive lake considering how many people went there) that I never truly understood until I became a fellow “Citizen Wayne” myself! The pride and passion with which people identify their neighborhoods is remarkable to see and as Fort Wayne starts to witness a revitalization of the downtown area, the residents of the ’07 are certainly a huge part of that.   If you live, work, or drive through the ’07 you will have noticed a recent addition that graces the streets of Broadway. The new, aptly named 07 Pub opened with little fanfare in early June and has been hopping ever since!   I popped into the pub to chat with owner Marcus Spillson to get the scoop on the Pub. Marcus grew up in Fort Wayne, his parents both went to South Side High School, and he was a ’99 graduate of Bishop Luers, where he played football with his co-owner and partner in the pub, Clancy Shank (’97 graduate of Bishop Luers).  Marcus has always had a passion for the south side of Fort Wayne and although he left for ten years, when he came back for a wedding in town, he was drawn to a bar (the former Lombardo’s Lounge) that was for sale. The oil and gas company he worked for in Houston had just been sold and he was intrigued by this new possible venture. “I kept thinking about it and the next day I went and put an offer in. They countered, and the next think I knew, I owned a bar!”   The food and drink industry is in Marcus Spillson’s DNA. His great-grandfather, Nick Spillson, owned Berghoff Gardens, and was the proud holder of Fort Wayne’s very first liquor license after prohibition ended. A cut out from the newspaper article from April 6, 1933 is prominently on display at the pub. Marcus’ grandfather owned Fort Wayne’s famous 4 star French restaurant, Café Johnell, and his father ran the kitchen at Johnelli’s Pizza. Marcus’ first job was washing dishes at Café Johnell. With his family history, it is easy to see how Marcus came to be the owner of the bar, but he was quick to point out that this wasn’t just any bar. “I wanted a neighborhood bar. I wouldn’t have done this anywhere else but here in the south side of Fort Wayne. We live in this neighborhood,...

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