Our guide to the best fall craft beers

Our guide to the best fall craft beers

Written by: David Zuccarelli
September 17, 2018


As the warm summer months in Northwest Indiana begin to shift toward the crisp sweater-weather days of autumn, the Region’s ever-growing craft beer community has more buzz surrounding it than ever. 

Although the blissful days of sipping a cold one on a warm (and slightly humid) summer night are slowly passing by, the area’s local breweries are excited for the change in seasons, as the cooler weather brings with it the opportunity to warm up with a great craft beer. 

We asked four of those local breweries to give us some insight into which of their craft beers would be the perfect choice this autumn. In addition, we also asked a representative from each brewery to share their thoughts on the rapidly growing craft beer scene in the Region, and what it is about the fall season that makes it such a perfect pairing with family, friends and great craft beer.  

BYWAY BREWING CO.
2825 Carlson Dr, Hammond bywaybrewing.beer 

Fall Beer Selection: CHI.P.A., Chupacabra (Pomegranate Margarita Gose) 

On Autumn Brews: “It’s that first snap of cooler, refreshing temperatures, after a long, hot summer that makes for outstanding beer-drinkin’ weather. Throw in some college football and lawn chairs against an autumn-colored landscape and that’s about as close to heaven as I think I can get without actually, well, you know.” 

On the Brewery Boon:  “I think the proliferation of craft breweries in Northwest Indiana is great. It provides residents with easily accessible options to sample a wide range of great craft beers. It’s almost like the microbrewery is becoming the new ‘corner’ bar, and everyone has their favorite.” 

– Dave Toth, co-founder of Byway Brewing Co. 

Photo Credit: David Zuccarelli
Photo Credit: David Zuccarelli

BYWAY BREWING CO.
2825 Carlson Dr, Hammond bywaybrewing.beer 

Fall Beer Selection: CHI.P.A., Chupacabra (Pomegranate Margarita Gose) 

On Autumn Brews: “It’s that first snap of cooler, refreshing temperatures, after a long, hot summer that makes for outstanding beer-drinkin’ weather. Throw in some college football and lawn chairs against an autumn-colored landscape and that’s about as close to heaven as I think I can get without actually, well, you know.” 

On the Brewery Boon:  “I think the proliferation of craft breweries in Northwest Indiana is great. It provides residents with easily accessible options to sample a wide range of great craft beers. It’s almost like the microbrewery is becoming the new ‘corner’ bar, and everyone has their favorite.” 

– Dave Toth, co-founder of Byway Brewing Co. 

OFF SQUARE BREWING
11000 Delaware Pkwy, Crown Point offsquarebrewing.com 

Fall Beer Selection: Angry Betty (Oatmeal Stout), Bold Betty (Coffee Stout), Bitchin’ Betty (Imperial Stout) 

On Autumn Brews: “As the weather changes and there’s a chill in the air, we tend to reach for the bigger, richer, higher ABV brews. I was never into any of the macro-beers from the big breweries, and I was the guy that would show up at parties with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Three Floyds Gumballhead or Newcastle Brown. I like beer that actually has flavor!” 

On the Brewery Boon: “As a craft beer drinker, I love how lucky we are to have so many awesome breweries in this area. As long as there are people drinking the beer and supporting the breweries, the growth is great.” 

– Rod MacKenzie, taproom manager at Off Square Brewing 

Photo Credit: David Zuccarelli
Photo Credit: David Zuccarelli

OFF SQUARE BREWING
11000 Delaware Pkwy, Crown Point offsquarebrewing.com 

Fall Beer Selection: Angry Betty (Oatmeal Stout), Bold Betty (Coffee Stout), Bitchin’ Betty (Imperial Stout) 

On Autumn Brews: “As the weather changes and there’s a chill in the air, we tend to reach for the bigger, richer, higher ABV brews. I was never into any of the macro-beers from the big breweries, and I was the guy that would show up at parties with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Three Floyds Gumballhead or Newcastle Brown. I like beer that actually has flavor!” 

On the Brewery Boon: “As a craft beer drinker, I love how lucky we are to have so many awesome breweries in this area. As long as there are people drinking the beer and supporting the breweries, the growth is great.” 

– Rod MacKenzie, taproom manager at Off Square Brewing 

SHORELINE BREWERY
208 Wabash St, Michigan City shorelinebrewery.com 

Fall Beer Selection: Shoreline’s Oktoberfest, Region Rat Red Ale 

On Autumn Brews: “The beers we offer have great flavor and are easy to drink, which is perfect for a brisk fall day, or any day. Personally, I love to have a couple of craft beers on my back porch, watching the river flow past my property, the faint smell of crisp leaves and damp grass in the air. That is the perfect fall day to me.” 

On the Brewery Boon:  “It’s very exciting to watch new craft beer enthusiasts delve into this diverse world. With many new breweries surfacing, there is bound to be a beer to suit anyone’s taste.” 

– Christy Cleary, sales manager at Shoreline Brewery 

Photo Credit: David Zuccarelli
Photo Credit: David Zuccarelli

SHORELINE BREWERY
208 Wabash St, Michigan City shorelinebrewery.com 

Fall Beer Selection: Shoreline’s Oktoberfest, Region Rat Red Ale 

On Autumn Brews: “The beers we offer have great flavor and are easy to drink, which is perfect for a brisk fall day, or any day. Personally, I love to have a couple of craft beers on my back porch, watching the river flow past my property, the faint smell of crisp leaves and damp grass in the air. That is the perfect fall day to me.” 

On the Brewery Boon:  “It’s very exciting to watch new craft beer enthusiasts delve into this diverse world. With many new breweries surfacing, there is bound to be a beer to suit anyone’s taste.” 

– Christy Cleary, sales manager at Shoreline Brewery 

GREENBUSH BREWING CO.
5885 Sawyer Rd, Sawyer, Mich. greenbushbrewing.com 

Fall Beer Selection: Anger Black IPA, Brother Benjamin Imperial IPA 

On Autumn Brews: “There is this divine element of beer that harkens back to the early days of civilization. Autumn certainly brings that aspect to light. Perhaps it’s the harvest season with the celebration of bounty, or honoring generations past with feasts and family gatherings, but this season absolutely strengthens that ancient connection.” 

On the Brewery Boon: “The more local breweries, the better. With Indiana being the ‘Crossroads of America,’ it gives weary wanderers even more of a reason to take a break at one of the great spots this area has to offer.” 

– Ali Brodhacker, marketing director at Greenbush Brewing Co. 

So, whether the commentary of Brian Griese is echoing from the family room on a Bears’ Sunday, or there’s a s’mores-ready fire crackling in the backyard, or you’re at one of the Region’s best local dine-in breweries, be sure to enjoy your days of fall with a bottle or two of the area’s finest locally brewed craft beers. 

Photo Credit: David Zuccarelli
Photo Credit: David Zuccarelli

GREENBUSH BREWING CO.
5885 Sawyer Rd, Sawyer, Mich. greenbushbrewing.com 

Fall Beer Selection: Anger Black IPA, Brother Benjamin Imperial IPA 

On Autumn Brews: “There is this divine element of beer that harkens back to the early days of civilization. Autumn certainly brings that aspect to light. Perhaps it’s the harvest season with the celebration of bounty, or honoring generations past with feasts and family gatherings, but this season absolutely strengthens that ancient connection.” 

On the Brewery Boon: “The more local breweries, the better. With Indiana being the ‘Crossroads of America,’ it gives weary wanderers even more of a reason to take a break at one of the great spots this area has to offer.” 

– Ali Brodhacker, marketing director at Greenbush Brewing Co. 

So, whether the commentary of Brian Griese is echoing from the family room on a Bears’ Sunday, or there’s a s’mores-ready fire crackling in the backyard, or you’re at one of the Region’s best local dine-in breweries, be sure to enjoy your days of fall with a bottle or two of the area’s finest locally brewed craft beers.