Craft brewery and winery itinerary

Craft Beer in Indiana DunesIn a world where the big box retailers and chain restaurants are the same from town to town, people are yearning for something unique, something better.

Stop by Figure Eight Brewing in Valparaiso, which has developed a growing legion of fans who regularly stop by to enjoy their favorites among the 11 hand-crafted beers they make and put on tap at any one time. Figure Eight’s spacious downtown Valparaiso location accommodates a kitchen to create healthier-than-pub-food choices.

Continue your brewpub tour at Valparaiso’s other two craft brewpubs: Ironwood Brewing Co. and Four Fathers Brewing

Indiana Dunes Country is also home to Hunter’s Brewing, a Chesterton-based nanobrewery.

The premier event for craft beer enthusiasts is Valpo Brewfest, which is always the last Saturday in September, but it generally sells out long before that.

For wine lovers, the staff at Anderson’s Vineyard & Winery enjoys uncorking their 21 different wines and telling customers a little bit about each variety while the customers enjoy tasting each one.

People can also hang out in the scenic sculpture garden and shop the market. The winery offers wagon rides and tours for a nominal fee at 2 p.m. CST each Saturday from August to October.

Anderson’s is not the only place in Indiana Dunes Country to enjoy wine tasting. If you’re in Chesterton, check out the Butler Winery tasting room. Butler Winery’s actual vineyard and winery are located in the Bloomington area, which is within the northern boundaries of the Indiana Uplands viticultural area – a region in south central Indiana produces wines of distinctive character.

Stop by the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center to pick up guides to the area or to speak with our experienced destination concierges who can suggest some entertainment and recreation options to make your trip even more enjoyable