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Friday Drankin’: Exploring Indiana Brewing with Mad Anthony Brewing

Indiana’s second city has a thriving beer culture.

Erdinger Oktoberfest London Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images

In the comments for last week’s Friday Drankin’ there was a request for more Fort Wayne Breweries. Since I will be on the road next week at Rutgers and possibly unavailable to write up the Friday Brewing I thought I would grant said request and take a look at one of Fort Wayne’s more famous breweries.

Mad Anthony Brewing

2002 Broadway

Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802

The City of Fort Wayne itself is named after general “Mad” Anthony Wayne, a Revolutionary War era officer that led the American forces in the Northwest Indian War that opened the territories of Indiana and Ohio to white settlers. He helped oversee the building of the actual Fort Wayne and was known to have quite the fiery personality.

Mad Anthony Brewing is one of the older microbreweries in the state, having gotten its start back in 1998. They are now a fairly large brewery available throughout the state and they produce more than 2,500 barrels of beer yearly. I have tried them in the past, but I have to admit that it has been a while. That’s something I certainly need to rectify given what they brew.

Auburn Lager – This is one of their signature beers that is bottled and it won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2015. It is described as “An American style Amber Lager with a rich, malty, slightly sweet flavor and a refreshing hop crispness”. At 4.6% ABV and 21 IBU’s it sounds smooth as silk, too.

Harry Baals Irish Stout – Black as a man’s soul, this dry Irish stout is pour directly from their nitrogen tap for a smooth, creamy head. It comes in at 30 IBU’s and a not too strong 4.2% ABV

Ole Fort Blonde Lager – this is a light, easy drinking beer at 4% ABV and 14 IBU’s. It has a nice pale color and is almost clear. It sounds like a better that you could drink all day and it is also one of their 12 ounce bottle options.

Mad Anthony also offers a number of seasonal and specialty brews, including a Winter Ale, an Oktoberfest, and an English Porter brewed with coffee that sounds delightful. They have tap rooms in Auburn, Angola, and Warsaw, so there are options all over northeast Indiana for when you want to watch Bryson Scott take it to IU.

As a final note, I am traveling to Rutgers next week as mentioned above and I won’t be able to do a Friday Drankin’ post. If you have a brewery you would like to feature and are willing to do a guest write-up, hit me up on email.