Written by Dean Zarbaugh
It was announced yesterday that one of my favorite breweries outside of Ohio, 3 Floyds of Munster, Indiana has filed plans with the city to more than double their current facility from 57,000 square feet to 136,000. The expansion includes land for a retail space, a larger brewpub, expanded parking and office space, along with an outdoor eating area for when Jack Frost isn’t nipping at your nose.
As for a timeframe for the expansion, The Chicago Tribune reports:
Munster Town Manager Dustin Anderson said he expects formal approval by March. The new brewery would likely be completed in 2019 or 2020.
3 Floyds (Indiana’s largest production brewery) was founded in 1996. Since then, they have become one of the most highly regarded breweries in the craft beer industry. I don’t know what they put in the water in Muncie, but damn does 3 Floyds put out quality, consistent beer. Their “flagship” beers, Gumball Head (a hoppy wheat), Yum Yum (a session ale), Robert The Bruce (Scottish Ale) and Alpha King (pale ale) can be found at most reputable bottle shops and grocery stores and wherever quality beer is sold. However, some beers in their catalogue don’t see as big of a distro push. The new production facility they’re proposing would theoretically bring more of 3 Floyds’ brews to shelves across their distribution footprint. Per The Times of Northwest Indiana, the expansion would put them in the same class as other craft beer royalty:
In their talks with the town, company official [sic] have compared 3 Floyds’ new digs to the headquarters of the national craft brewery Stone Brewing in Escondido, California, just outside San Diego.
That is nothing short of amazing.
I want to take a step back for a second and mention the artwork that accompanies the beer at 3 Floyds, and how exceptional it is. Their beer really stands out on a shelf. As someone who works at the retail level of the craft beer industry, I hear consumers all the time talk about the eye-popping artwork. Wine consumers often tell me that they like to pick out their wines based on the label. I always tell them, “I do the same things with beer!” I think about three-quarters of the time, you will usually end up with a wonderful product if you buy strictly on the appeal of the label. Anyone walking home with a 3 Floyds product can be assured that the quality of the beer will be exceptional, no matter the style.
They even have comic books chronicling the tales of the Alpha King, entitled (appropriately) Alpha King. It’s written by Nick Floyd and none other than comic book legend Brian Azzarello! Featuring art by the awesome Simon Bisley and Ryan Brown. I’m happy for the people at 3 Floyds, and wish them the best on their latest endeavors!
Comment below with your favorite 3 Floyds brew.