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Best Breweries, Winery & Brewery Lodge

Slow down and savor! That’s great advice for visitors to Michigan City LaPorte when it comes to enjoying an array of locally produced craft beer and fine wine. Each operation has an intriguing story to go along with the tantalizing brews and vintages, and some feature delicious food as well.

In a beautiful brewpub setting, Shoreline Brewery & Restaurant in Michigan City features a variety of different styles of hand-crafted beer, with names that are as much fun as the brews themselves. Many reflect Shoreline’s location close to Lake Michigan. You might try a lighter Shoddy Dock or the strong stout named Lost Sailor. Local residents rave about the food, too, from the ale-battered pickle spears to fish tacos to Hoosier pork tenderloins.

Fairly new to the scene is Michigan City’s Burn ’Em Brewing, established just six years ago. You’ll find several captivating options, from Burn’Em 14 Buck Chuck, a pale ale, to Burn’Em Sluagh, a rye Irish stout, plus seasonal brews. The Brewery offers a rotating food menu that features local products, such as Spent Grain Soft Pretzels with Pimento Beer Cheese. The pretzels come from another popular local business, Arturo’s Baked Goods & More.

The Zorn Brew Works may be Michigan City’s newest brewery, but its name recalls a rich part of the community’s history when Bavarian immigrant Philip Zorn founded a microbrewery in the Elston Grove neighborhood back in 1871. With that past in mind, today’s Zorn Brew Works creates everything from mellow, pale ales to Zorn’s Elston Grove, an oatmeal stout. The brewery features daily lunch specials, Friday night music, and special events such as Open Mic Nights. The tap room in the beautiful brick-walled space is open daily.

Over twenty years ago, Back Road Brewery became the community of LaPorte’s first production craft brewery. The seven-barrel establishment rotates in as many as 40 different recipes each year. From crisp and refreshing American Pale Ale to rich Maple City Gold lager, you’ll enjoy find a brew to suit your taste. The beers are not filtered but are matured and conditioned in 14-barrel tanks kept in a large cold room. Tours and tastings are held on Saturdays.

And who can forget wine? Sample award-winning wines at Shady Creek Winery in Michigan City under a soaring ceiling or relax and enjoy a glass around a cozy fireplace or on covered porches with expansive views of the 20-acre grounds. Learn about different wines at the tasting bar and enjoy delicious food. You might try a Perfect Pairings plate with delicacies such as cheeses and Mediterranean specialties. The wines themselves are award-winners that carry names reminiscent of Lake Michigan, such as Beach Glass White and Rip Tide Red.

Once you taste these delicious brews and wines, you’re going to need stay awhile. The just opened Brewery Lodge is a 14-suite boutique hotel located on a beautiful 31-acre wooded tract filled with streams, ponds and wildlife and is the perfect setting for a relaxing yet fun brewery/winery tour getaway.

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