Hop On Brew Tour!
Sep20

Hop On Brew Tour!

  Fort Wayne Hop On Brew Tour – September 24th, 2016 Midwest microbreweries have been recognized as some of the best in the country and even best in the world for years now. With Fort Wayne’s beer history and Mad Anthony Brewing Co’s presence along with a few other local breweries that have come and gone, Fort Wayne is no stranger to the concept of ‘drinking local’, but in recent years it has become clear that Fort Wayne natives have a real thirst for the innovation and local flair found with this resurgence of microbrewing. Lucky for us, there are local entrepreneurs putting themselves out there to bring us our a number of new Fort Wayne brands. While many of us microbrew enthusiasts have developed a taste for established microbrews that we are now able to buy at almost any local bar or liquor store, the spirit of supporting our own local startup microbreweries is evident with the quick success the newest breweries are experiencing here in Fort Wayne. In this spirit of supporting our local microbreweries and a bonus of supporting the local charity CTN, YLNI and CTN have come together to put on the Fort Wayne Hop On Brew Tour partnering with four of our local microbreweries : · Junk Ditch Brewing Company · Mad Anthony Brewing Company · Summit City Brewerks · Trubble Brewing Tickets can be purchased here and all proceeds go towards Community Transportation Network. Register now and get a free T-Shirt while supplies last. Check-in will be 1:45pm at Parkview Field’s Silver Lot, and we’ll return to the Silver Lot about...

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LFW Fun File
Sep10

LFW Fun File

Enjoy outside while the Fort Wayne weather is nice. There are plenty of outdoor events in this Fun File edition! If you wish to see your event on our Fun File, please email info@livingfortwayne.com. All these events and more are on our calendar. 1. Grabill Country Fair 2. Lovestruck: A Fundraising Event 3. Free Showing of Fellowship of the Rings!! 4. RideGreen 2015 Bicycle Pub Tour 5. Mad Anthony Brewing Company’s 17th Annual OktoBEERfest 6. Pinestock 2015  7. West Central Home & Garden Tour  8. Be A Tourist in Your Own Hometown 9. Second Annual North Anthony Corridor Block Party 10. ACRES Grand Opening of Spring Lake Woods and...

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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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Living Fort Wayne Beer and Wine Tour: Mad Anthony Brewing Company
Jun07

Living Fort Wayne Beer and Wine Tour: Mad Anthony Brewing Company

Welcome to the second stop in the Living Fort Wayne Beer and Wine Tour. Every month we will be featuring a different local brewery or winery from our region. Today, Jake Pickett is talking with us about Mad Anthony Brewing Company, a Fort Wayne classic. It’s no secret that craft beers are extremely popular right now, and many of our neighboring cities are seeing a major influx of microbreweries and brewpubs. Indianapolis alone has at least 14, with several more in the works. Here in Fort Wayne we have the longstanding Mad Anthony Brewing Company, along with a newcomer in Angola called Chapman’s, and a national chain in Granite City. Also joining the Fort Wayne beer fray will be Summit City Brewerks, who will hopefully be tapping their barrels over on East Berry this summer. The missus and I went to Mad Anthony at 1109 Taylor Street, on the corner of Taylor and Broadway in downtown Fort Wayne, to have dinner and sample their beers. They had a surprisingly wide variety of options, including their regular staple of Gabby Blonde Ale (summer ballgame beer), Ol’ Woody Pale Ale (hoppy, but not overwhelming), Auburn Lager (solid body and flavor, hint of hoppiness), Raspberry Wheat (sweet and fruity), and Harry Baals Irish Stout (bold, but smooth coffee/chocolate combo) (by the way, anyone else notice that Mr. Baals seems to be getting more and more recognition these days, ever since Citizen’s Square almost took on his namesake? I’m pretty sure a local radio station just renamed their studio after him). They also had a few seasonals –  Summer Daze Wheat (slightly fruity, almost herbal), Bent Rim Black Lager (details below), and a British IPA (subtle at first, then an emergence of late hoppy aftertaste). Typically when I go out for a brew or two I pick a beer or style of beer and stick with it for the duration of my session. However, for the sake of this article I went with a flight, which is basically a short plank of wood that looks like a frat paddle with placeholders for 6 shot glasses. Each sample was 2-3 ounces of a different beer. I made my way through each of the regular options; then of course I had to try the seasonals as well. I’m not going to provide a detailed review of each beer – I’m by no means a beer aficionado (more of an enthusiast), and my pallet isn’t all that refined. All I really ask for when it comes to beer are three things: it’s cold, it has noticeable flavor, and it’s fresh. Simple as that. I’m not looking for the hoppiest beer in the world,...

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