Listen Live Series: Skeletunes Lounge
Feb05

Listen Live Series: Skeletunes Lounge

Some buildings have a lot of history. When a new business moves in, it can be hard to get rid of the stigma from the previous tenants. However, the people behind Skeletunes Lounge have succeeded. Previously, The Berlin Music Pub called the same place home. Limited to heavy metal, it had a rough reputation. When the former owner, Lee Shockley, approached Jeremy Wysong about revamping the venue, he had one response: “We have to completely change that place.” That’s exactly what they did. Since opening in November 2014, Skeletunes has offered access to more music and a welcoming attitude. If the skeleton riding the bicycle above the front door doesn’t tell you enough about the atmosphere, just step inside. The Skeletunes experience begins with the friendly staff. The bar tenders greet you almost immediately, ready to tell you all about the drink specials and new beers on tap from various regional breweries, some of which are exclusive to Skeletunes. They also cater to those who aren’t drinking, by offering energy drinks, coffee and even craft root beer on tap. As you make your way toward the stage, with some kind of drink in hand, you’ll see funky skeleton decorations, light strands, and a refreshing atmosphere from what it once was. At the very end of the bar, the stage is set in front of a large skull mural, just a couple feet off of the main floor. The intimacy of the stage and variety of musical acts not only enhances the concert attendees’ experience, but also is unique to the venue. Whether you’re into punk, rock, ska, indie music, or something totally different, you can find a sound that pleases your aural palate here. Audience members can get up close and personal with local, regional, and nationally recognized artists, without traveling to another out of town venue. You can casually enjoy the music by grabbing a seat at the bar or get in on the action in the pit and crowd surf. On nights without a show scheduled, there’s still plenty of fun to be had. For a laid-back time, grab a few friends to play foosball or one of the several arcade games available. Feel like unleashing your inner rock star? Drop by on karaoke night! Like Skeletunes on Facebook to see what nights you need get your vocal chords warmed up. Whatever suits you, Skeletunes accommodates to all types of music lovers. Reaffirming the welcoming philosophy, Wysong says, “It’s not my bar, it’s everyone’s bar. Music – that’s what keeps venues alive – not just one genre.” He also stated that he hopes to see Fort Wayne become...

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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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