Sometimes when you live so close to a good thing, you forget how good you have it.
Take for instance, 3 Floyds Brewing Co. I often talk to beer geeks around the country and they jealously remind me of how lucky I am to live so close to this iconic brewery. Of course, I remind them that I live in the heartland of America’s brewing scene and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.
Just this past weekend, I waited in line behind about 50 other people before even stepping foot inside the tap room. It was my first time there on a Saturday and I highly recommend making your trip there on a weekday. I had arrived about 10 minutes before opening and the line at the carryout kiosk was only slightly shorter where people were leaving with cases of Zombie Dust (pale ale, 6.2 percent ABV, IBUs 50) and Gumballhead (American Wheat, 5.6 percent ABV, IBUs 35).
3 Floyds is well known for its big bold beers such as Dreadnaught (imperial IPA, 9.5 percent ABV, IBUs 100), Permanent Funeral (imperial IPA, 10.5 percent ABV, IBUs 100), Behemoth (barleywine, 10.5 percent ABV, IBUs 80) and of course, its award-winning Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout which is released only one day each year at its annual Dark Lord Day.
“We just try to make big flavorful beers and just try to be an oasis for ridiculousness.”
If you are curious and would like a peek into the 3 Floyds culture, you can get a chance Wednesday, Oct. 28, on Vice’s food channel, Munchies, where the second Craftwerk episode will feature the brewery.
Craftwerk will not only showcase the brewery and many of the beers it produces, but will also take you to places such as owner Nick Floyd’s house where he and several employees play Dungeons and Dragons every Friday.
Head brewer Chris Boggess takes viewers on a tour of the brewery. When he began in 2006, the brewery produced 4,000 barrels of beer. Since the filming of the episode, 3 Floyds has doubled the space of the brewery and will produce upward of 40,000 barrels this year.
Boggess is quoted in the show saying, “People think of us as kind of being silly headbangers, which we are. 3 Floyds is definitely the cradle of the sci-fi nerd beer conglomeration. We just try to make big flavorful beers and just try to be an oasis for ridiculousness.”
Recently, I was able to tour the brewery facility with Phil Funari, including the sour beer area, which is highlighted by Nick Floyd in the episode. Sours are relatively new for the brewery and I had the opportunity to try several of their sours including Skull’Ole (8 percent ABV), an American Sour ale aged in wine barrels with cherries and their newest sour release, Pear Bear (7.5 percent ABV) which is currently available in some Michiana bottle shops.
Craftwerk profiles the people behind the world’s most beloved drink: beer. The series follows the most innovative brewers and owners to discover their history, secrets to success and how their free time is spent either with or without beer. Todd Alström of Beer Advocate said of the series: “Craftwerk lets the people behind the beer tell their own story and gives us a firsthand taste of their attitude, culture and passion.”