As you know, Carl and I are steadily working our way all around the local breweries. Fortunately, I don't think we will ever run out of places to try since there are so many in the Chicago, Northwest Indiana, and Southwestern Michigan areas.
Crown Brewing Company hosted the beer festival I blogged about here, so I'd known for awhile that I wanted to head out to Crown Point and try a whole flight full of their beers. My gut feeling did not lie. Crown Brewing is definitely one of my favorites around!
My flight consisted of Crown Blue, Crown Brown, Weizenhammer Weiss, Industrial Porter, Raspberry Creme Java Porter, and Plead the 5th Anniversary Imperial Red Ale. Crown Blue was a very light blueberry that is definitely a summer beer. I also really enjoyed the Crown Brown because unlike other brews that boast a nutty, caramel flavor, I could actually taste both flavors impeccably well. The industrial porter was very smooth, much smoother in fact than my normal stout picks. And my absolute favorite was the wonderfully delicious Raspberry Creme Java Porter. It is so good. You can smell the hint of raspberry the second your glass is raised and it has an incredibly smooth finish for a porter. I added to our growing growler collection (SunKing, Figure 8, etc.) and landed one of these to go. I can't like 'em all, so naturally I was not a fan of the red ale; it really came off as more of an IPA taste to me. With that said, I can't believe I thoroughly enjoyed five out of the six beers I sampled, so we will definitely be returning to Crown Brewing.
As a side note, they are in the same building as Carriage Court Pizza, so you can enjoy some carbs to soak up the good beer. I recommend the margherita pizza, but skip the beer cheese appetizer (not the best we've had.)
Overall, I definitely recommend trying this place; I'm ranking it right up there with my Three Floyds review. Enjoy & let me know which beer is your fav!