In a nondescript warehouse near the State Fairgrounds is stored the remains of the fallen Ft. Wayne brewery, Warbird. The brewing equipment is awaiting the next chapter of its life.
On Wednesday night, fifty-plus people were in attendance as Michael DeWeese, Jon Lang and David Waldman gave us a peek at what is next: Triton Brewing Company.
After failing to come to an agreement with the Thr3e Wise Men Brewery1, the trio formerly known as Beer Baron parted ways with Thr3e Wise Men and began to formulate the plans for Triton. The production brewery has not yet settled on a location, but they are currently looking at the northeast side of town, along the Binford Boulevard corridor. Their current plans include them installing the brewery equipment as soon as next month. When they open later this fall, you will not only find a taproom, but the
The Hoosier Beer Geek 6 Pack: Jon Lang, Head Brewer, Triton Brewing Company
1) Who are you and where do you work?
Jon Lang, brewer for Triton Brewing Company.
2) What are your short term and long term brewery goals?
Short term? Get open! Long term, have full state distribution in 2 years.
3) What styles will you offer?
An American IPA, Brown, Stout, my usual barrel aged stuff, and something lighter.
4) Do you have any benchmarks when you brew?
To get more GABF medals. (Jon's won 3 GABF medals in 4 years.)
5) When do you think you will be operational?
Looking like the end of the year, October or November depending on all of the paperwork. The actual location will be somewhere between 146th and 64th, leaning heavily towards 64th Street area. (We've heard Binford, possibly.)
6) Do you have any influences?
Just a passion for brewing. Started in 1990 and have been going strong since.
Along with unveiling their new logo, they offered up samples of homebrew test batches: an English mild and two takes on their flagship IPA, one with American yeast and one with English yeast. The IPAs featured big citrus hops, and the mild was surprisingly strong and malty. The guests were invited to vote on their favorite name for the IPA, choosing between "No Hopologies," "Hopaloompa" and "Rail Splitter." A write-in campaign for "AnticIPAtion" was also underway.
Tell us in the comments which IPA name you like the best: No Hopologies, Hopaloompa, Rail Splitter, AnticIPAtion - or write in your own! We'll choose a random comment at 5PM EST on Friday and that person will win an XL Triton Brewing Company T-Shirt! One entry per person. We'll announce the winner in the comments so make sure to check back Friday after 5 to see if you've won.
Hoosier Beer Geek wishes Mike, David, and Jon the best of luck with their brewery. We look forward to drinking Triton Brewing Company beer in draft and bottles.
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1The lease for the Broad Ripple space has already been signed by Thr3e Wise Men, but they are back in the hunt for a brewer and equipment.
2Big Woods Brewing company already has a reverse osmosis system in place, and we've just received word that Sun King will be installing a system next week.