Summit City Brewerks Settles in as a Staple in Fort Wayne
Jan20

Summit City Brewerks Settles in as a Staple in Fort Wayne

By now many of you have made it out to Summit City Brewerks. Positioned as one of the few true microbreweries in our area, Brewerks is quickly accumulating fans. Their presence here is all thanks to the vision of owners, David Tomaszewski and Will Long. Summit City Brewerks is located in the old Wayne Candies building near the corner of Anthony Blvd. and Berry Street. David and Will had their space stripped down to its nearly 100 year old framework. The result is beautiful and cozy, yet truly reminiscent of the vintage industrial era it represents. And, in line with their vision, character-building additions like chalkboard table tops, rich wooden benches and a sprawling granite bar (complete with 40 taps) make the space easy to kick back and enjoy with friends and some outstanding craft beers. Speaking of beers, these guys are beer lovers. You don’t have to be a connoisseur to appreciate the brews on tap at Summit City Brewerks, but those who are will know the kind of work put into making this brewery a success. Anywhere between 10 and 20 of these crafted beverages are brewed in house, with some becoming staples. Carl’s Creamy Ale has quickly become a favorite and promises to be a recurring feature on tap. Others come and go…and come back again. David and Will aren’t just beer lovers, I’ve come to learn they’re perfectionists as well. They’ll work their recipe till it’s just right. And you’ll find it all at the same price, an easy $3.75 per glass. Despite the warm vintage atmosphere and lengthy brew menu, these guys like to keep things simple. It’s easy, this is a place to drink beer and take a load off. You don’t have to worry about which fork to use and there are no cloth napkins on the table. But that doesn’t mean you won’t eat well. If you’ve been here before, you probably noticed a food truck parked out front. And while the food trucks will still make their occasional appearance, Brewerks has added their own menu. David has an eye for good food, and has constructed a varying menu that you can bet is spot on with items like Bavarian and sweet soft pretzels, panini options and Korean pulled pork tacos or gourmet Angus dogs. Yum. Also new to Summit City Brewerks is the addition of live music on Friday and Saturday nights. This was something the guys knew they wanted to do, but needed to be sure the music wouldn’t drown out the guests’ experience. Now, acoustic sets (most recently Adam Strack) located in the east corner of the pub seem to make the nights...

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Say Ok to Oktobeerfest? Don’t Mind if I do!
Sep10

Say Ok to Oktobeerfest? Don’t Mind if I do!

  Orange is the new black; 30 is the new 40…beer is the new wine.  At least in my opinion it is. Craft beer production has exploded in the last few years and I, for one, couldn’t be happier.  With so much variety, there is literally a beer for everyone.  Which makes the 16th Annual Oktobeerfest one of the events that is a can’t miss in my book.  And this year’s event is looking to be better than ever! Over 35 Indiana breweries will come together on September 13th at Headwaters Park West with the help of Mad Anthony Brewing Company to celebrate and promote locally crafted products.  I had the opportunity to meet with Tiffany Cox, the marketing coordinator for Mad Anthony Brewing Company, and she was able to give me the inside scoop on Oktobeerfest. This is the 16th Oktobeerfest. How have things changed the most in the last 16 years? We have developed this festival into a celebration of Indiana craft beer culture and use the festival to highlight other amazing things going on in our area, like the growing food truck market and talented local bands.  This was not a quick process, but definitely a rewarding one. We also learned the best way to throw a party is to get the community involved. What is new this year that you’d recommend a first time attendee check out? New to this year’s festival is the Mad Brewers Challenge, co-sponsored by MABC and Brewer’s Art Supply. One lucky home-brewer will win the chance to have their beer commercially brewed and served at all Mad Anthony brewpubs.  The top ten entries will be served at the festival and voted on by attendees. Love local foods? Also new this year is the Food Truck Alley, which will highlight the growing food truck culture in Fort Wayne.  Set to make appearances are: Bravas, Big John’s Ragin’ Cajun and Affine. Outside of these great additions, we have also been able to increase our brewer attendance. This year’s festival will feature over 35 Indiana craft breweries/pubs. What is your favorite part of the event? My favorite part was always being able to talk to the brewers.  A lot of festivals utilize distributors to stand in for a brewery, but as a taster you miss out on the ability to ask questions about the beer and get the answer from those who know it best.  I could always count on Oktobeerfest because it was distributor free. Any overall recommendations from a beer tasting perspective for our first timers? Drink mild, sweet beers first and rich, bitter beers last: o   Drinking your beers in...

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