Northeast Indiana ties to Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery
Nov11

Northeast Indiana ties to Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery

Nick Ladig, a Northeast Indiana native, is the Vice President of Sales for Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery out of Indianapolis.  Using his B.S. in Entrepreneurial Management from Ball State, he got his start in craft beer and now sells artisan spirits.  He answered some questions about Hotel Tango, its connection to Northeast Indiana, and Fletcher the Cat.  Full disclosure: Nick is the author’s (less cool, but way more interesting) brother.   So, what’s the story behind Hotel Tango? Hotel Tango (military call letters for “H” and “T”) started with Travis (“T”) Barnes, who grew up in Noble County, north of Fort Wayne.  After 9/11, he enlisted in the Marines and served 3 tours as a special forces Recon Marine in Iraq.  Upon returning to civilian life, he met his wife Hillary (“H”), graduated from law school, and started distilling as a hobby.  Fast forward to September 2014, and Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery opened in Indianapolis.  The distillery products are named and branded with a military theme to pay homage to the founder’s military roots.   I hear a tasting room might be opening in Ft. Wayne – confirm or deny? I can neither confirm nor deny.  I will say that our Indy location has been wildly successful and we would love the opportunity to recreate this in new locations.  Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana will always hold a special place in the hearts of Hotel Tango, since that’s where Travis spent his formative years.  BUT, you can find our products now at assorted local restaurants and bars and most of the local liquor stores in and around the area.   Ft. Wayne now has a distillery  – Three Rivers Distillery.  Are you guys competitors or friends? I would definitely say we are and will remain friends in the industry.  The guys from TRD came down to Hotel Tango a while back to meet the founders.  For craft spirits right now, it is very much a “rising tide lifts all ships” mentality.   Why do you think that small batch distilleries are growing in popularity? I think it is because many Americans are trending towards local and authentic products.  I equate it with when you get tomatoes from a neighbor’s garden – they just taste better because they’re as fresh as can be and you know where they came from.   The story is cool, but how’s the product? It’s really [expletive] delicious.  All kidding aside, it has been well received by bars, restaurants, and retailers in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Illinois.  Our gin has become the top seller, creating the most buzz, but the vodka and ‘cellos are really...

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Mark Your Calendars for Artlink’s Gallery Crawl!
Mar04

Mark Your Calendars for Artlink’s Gallery Crawl!

For one evening, Artlink, a non-for-profit gallery dedicated to exhibiting diverse art and providing education for the community, is hosting its very first Pop-Up Art Gallery Crawl through downtown Fort Wayne. The event will feature local artists, musicians, and venues on Thursday, April 14 6-9 pm. Thanks to funding by The Downtown Improvement Project, this anticipated event will include a walking tour through downtown Fort Wayne where participants will see original work available for purchase in vacant businesses throughout the city. At each of these locations, music will be provided by hometown bands and singers. Food and a cash bar will also be available at every stop on the Art Crawl so participants can experience all the sights, tastes, and sounds of the city at this one-day event. Confirmed artists, musicians, and restaurants include: Artists: Jerrod Tobias Julie Wall Toles Jason Swisher Daniel Deinelt Justin Johnson Jeremy Stroup John Leavell Theopolis Smith Musicians: Alicia Pyle James & The Drifters West Central Quartet Andy Pauquette Paul Stephens Left Lane Cruiser Restaurants: Oyster Bar Bar 145 Hall’s Restaurant Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, & Spirits Stay tuned! In anticipation for the Pop-Up Gallery Crawl, Living Fort Wayne will release a series of articles about the featured artists participating in tour. Before the event in April, check out upcoming articles to learn more about individuals behind the artwork. Tickets for the April 14th Art Crawl are currently available for purchase online at www.artlinkfw/GalleryCrawl at $15 per person and $25 per couple. Wristbands will be limited to the first 500 participants. Prizes also can be won by using #GalleryCrawlFW at all locations during the event. For more information, please visit Artlink’s website. Or follow them on social media at Facebook, Instagram, and...

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