Ditch the junk and taste “Homemade Everything” at Junk Ditch
Nov20

Ditch the junk and taste “Homemade Everything” at Junk Ditch

One day, just maybe, Fort Wayne will have a “brewery on wheels.” But until then, you can look forward to the next best thing: a brick-and-mortar brewery launched by the talented team who brought you the Affiné food truck. Sometime soon (in the first half of 2016, fingers crossed), Dan Campbell, Andrew Smith and Jack May will launch Junk Ditch Brewing Company. Located off of Main Street, the Junk Ditch building is tucked away, east of Leesburg Road and west of O’Sullivan’s. It takes its name from the actual Junk Ditch, which winds behind the brewery on its meandering path from Waynedale to Swinney Park.   Junk Ditch Brewing Company will be another entrepreneurial adventure for Dan, Andrew and Jack, but it won’t replace the food truck. While Affiné continues to supply duck confit tacos and pork belly bahn mis along its usual route, Junk Ditch will have its own unique menu. But just as they did with Affiné, the passions of the three chefs – handcrafted beer, seasonal flavors, locally sourced ingredients, and a “from scratch” philosophy – will shine through. “Ultimately we enjoy beer and we enjoy creating,” says Jack. “Food and drink go hand in hand, and we wanted to bring the ‘everything local and in-house’ philosophy to Junk Ditch. For Andrew, the idea for Junk Ditch had been brewing for quite awhile. “When I was on a vacation in Seattle I saw some local neighborhood breweries, and was very intrigued by the concept of a brewery in a city neighborhood. When I returned we started working on finding a building that would work.” While the inspiration happened 2,000+ miles away, Andrew says they intend to keep the flavors close to home. “We will change menu items to showcase our Indiana farms. We want to be known for fresh ideas that are always changing.” To wash down all the homegrown deliciousness, the Junk Ditch taps will feature a variety of beers, ready to drink by the pint or take home in kegs or growlers. The tap list will include an even mix of house-made brews and taps from the team’s favorite guest breweries. Whether they’re making their own beer, featuring another brewery, or creating a new dish – quality and variety will drive the Junk Ditch approach. “The focus of in-house beers will to produce very high quality product,” says Andrew. In addition to featuring the best brews, that approach also means continuing what they started with Affiné – including from-scratch breads, house-cured and processed meats, and fresh herbs and produce from a garden behind the Junk Ditch building. “The menu and beer list will be continually...

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Pedal City: The Rebirth of W. Main Street
May26

Pedal City: The Rebirth of W. Main Street

I’m sure you’ve seen the Pedal City carts making their way around Downtown Fort Wayne for the last couple of years. The seats are always full, the peddling-participants are always quick to wave to those as they pass, and everyone always looks like they are having a blast. I can confirm that it is indeed a good time. The only thing to note is that your legs might be a little sore the next day. I have a great solution to sore legs (even though it’s always worth it). Stop by Pedal City Beer Garden. The new expansion at Pedal City brings everything you loved about the mobile experience to one stationary place. This is not the W. Main Street you have been driving through the last few years on your way to Paula’s On Main. With new business and stores popping up on the street, the addition of the Pedal City Beer Garden has officially placed this extension of Downtown Fort Wayne back on the map. Open Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 12 a.m., they have their own parking lot for patrons, and easy access to all of downtown Fort Wayne and the West Central Neighborhood. Filled with tables, plenty of space to walk around, an indoor bar, foosball table, fire pit, and then some, this is the place to be. Lounge, socialize, drink, take in the summer weather, and remember that all of this is happening in a place you used to drive by without much notice. Located at 1215 W. Main Street, you can find out more about their grand opening from May 16th, book your next tour, follow them on Facebook, or just stop by and check it out for yourself.                  ...

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