2 Toms Brewing Company
Jul20

2 Toms Brewing Company

  When you walk in to 2 Toms Brewing Company, you’ll be immediately immersed. The aesthetic and the open concept space are as carefully crafted as the beer in the brew tanks. The polished concrete floor gleams with the reflection of the Edison-style light bulbs, which are encased in glass balls and suspended from black iron industrial light fixtures. As you soak in the mid-century/industrial design, you’ll start to pick up on another theme: repurpose. All the furniture has a story here. You’ll see counter height tables that are made of old bowling alley lanes and reclaimed steel I-beams. There are stools from an old science lab. Jim Beam barrels have been given new life as cocktail tables. The end of an old cable spool is now a rustic coffee table. Even the dining chairs have a story – they’ve been salvaged from a church and refinished. But despite all this attention to creative design, you won’t be able to deny that the brew tanks are the real focal point of the room. They’re showcased behind glass and a ledge with tall low-backed chairs offers you a front row seat for dreaming about the grain fermenting inside. The Story of 2 Toms The story of 2 Toms Brewing Company began when Tom Carpenter’s wife Stacie bought him a 1-gallon home brew kit for this birthday three years ago. “It came with a glass jug, hops, yeast – everything you’d need to make beer on the stove,” he told me. Tom says he’s always liked craft beer and it was fun to do on a small scale. “Getting to travel around to different breweries and taprooms, seeing the creative brewing styles coming out, talking to owners and brewers, I really enjoyed it.”The name came about because Stacie joked that Tom was so busy he needed to clone himself so they could have ‘two Toms’. “As far as the brand, right out of the gate I acted like a brewery. I have a business background and a creative and engineering mind. I created an Untappd.com account and printed up some Avery labels for my brews.” Tom is part of a local group called Pour Misfits, a craft beer group that meets to share and trade different beers and talk hops and malt. Pour Misfits is now worldwide, with members numbering over 3000. “I really respected their pallets, so I brought them my homebrew. They liked it and my beer developed a following. Eventually, people were begged us to open a business so they could get access to my beer full-time – and here we are,” he explained, pushing his cap back...

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Hyde Brothers is a Treasure Trove for Book Lovers
Feb20

Hyde Brothers is a Treasure Trove for Book Lovers

In a time when we can instantly downloading texts to our favorite e-reader devices, there’s still something to be said for curling up with a good, old fashioned book. Hyde Brothers, Booksellers on Wells St. is a treasure trove of gently used books begging to be picked up. Since 1992, they’ve kept their shelves full of something for every reader on nearly any topic. From the front, the store looks unassuming and downright tiny, especially next to some of the larger shops along the Wells Street Corridor. It’s hard to imagine the wealth of books behind that single screen door and neon sign in the window. Even when I know exactly what I am looking for and where to find it, I never spend less than half an hour inside. The experience is akin to wandering in the stacks of a library–right down to the sights and smells. The old wood floors creak and groan, something you will really notice when down in the basement. Hyde Brothers has charming rolling library ladders on the top floor in the main room, where then fiction and poetry are housed. In other sections of the store, there are step stools and smaller ladders for reaching higher up goodies. Also in the main room are pieces of furniture for sitting down and enjoying a good book. Nearly every time I’ve been into Hyde Brothers, someone has been taking advantage of this feature. Down either set of stairs (one near the front and one near the back entrance), you will find a basement full of thrillers, science fiction, mystery, fantasy, and romance books. The annex-like section holds the non-fiction pieces. Subjects include (but are not limited to, of course) religious studies, gardening, animals and pets, psychology, crafts, self-help, and art. You’ll also find a beautiful collection of leather bound hardcover classics and other rare collections. The prices are fair, the selection is good, and the atmosphere is unlike anything else in Fort Wayne. Whether you’re looking for a rare book or something currently on The New York Times Best Seller list, you’re sure to find some treasure at Hyde Brothers, Booksellers. Check them out for yourself! Hyde Brothers, Booksellers 1428 Wells St. Ft. Wayne, IN 46808 Phone: 260-424-0197 Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm; Sunday 1pm –...

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