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Brewing to begin in Logansport for first time in 65 years

A Logansport native is bringing the city's brewing history out of the 1800s, and into the present day.

Posted: Apr 9, 2019 6:18 AM
Updated: Apr 9, 2019 6:31 AM

LOGANSPORT, Ind (WLFI) - For the first time in 65 years, brewing will take place in the City of Logansport. The new Logansport Brewing Company is set to open in early summer.

Logansport native Brandon Barron is bringing the city's brewing history out of the 1800s and into the present day.

"I want to conglomerate all the beer history into Logansport Brewing Company and bring beer back," said Barron. 

Beginning in 1889 on High Street in downtown, Logansport Brewing Company and Columbia Brewing would pour pints of beer for a little as 75 cents. Then in 1920, Prohibition briefly shut down the brewing business until K G Schmidt came to town until 1954.

"So from 1889 to 1954, we had a brewery in Logansport," Barron said. "Then in that 70 year lapse, people kind of forgot about it."

Now on the banks of the Eel River, brewing is starting once again. The new location is on 3rd Street and Eel River Avenue in downtown. Barron is hoping to to put a new spin on some old classics. He even has original recipes. 

"You think of beer in the 1800s and you're like 'ah I don't know.' But then you actually taste it and you're like 'these guys actually made some pretty good beer back then!' So the original recipes is what's going to set us apart."

The brewery will have a few staples, including a Hefeweizen originally brewed in 1890. Barron also said he working on a "Logansport Berry Sour" as well as a staple IPA called "Devils Dip."

"Devils Dip is a dip right outside Logansport," said Barron. "It's rumored to be haunted."

Barron said the place will scream Logansport history. His first piece of decoration, an old Iron Horse Festival banner, is proudly hanging in the new space. 

"It was a huge thing, probably about 10,000 people came to this festival," Barron said. "There were vendors everywhere. When I saw it, I was like 'I've got to bring that back to Logansport!' That's what I'm trying to do in here is bring things to Logansport that are historical and relevant."

Barron said the brewery will host outdoor events in the summer months along the river. The brewery will have a full kitchen with pub-style food, making it available to those under 21.

Barron hopes to open by late-May or early-June, depending on license approvals.

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