Every month there seems to be a newest brewery. Ain't it great. Bee Creek, Big Woods, Brickworks, Lil' Charlie's, Wilbur, and now People's Brewing.
Not much to look at from the outside but the malt steam wafting to the parking lot is welcoming enough.
A tasting room will be constructed up front in the spring. Garage doors seem to be a popular theme for pubs anymore.
Chris Johnson and Brett Vander Plaats started the long road to People's opening when Chris left his job as Lafayette Brewing's Head Brewer back in January.
They have installed a 20bbl system with 40bbl fermenters obtained from Butte Creek in Chico. Butte Creek they changed from a brewpub into a contractor and is now sourcing its beer from Mendocino Brewing. Not everyone was happy with that, of course. California's loss is Indiana's gain.
Chris and Jessica Johnson
"Who wouldn't buy beer from a six foot Dutch woman?" - CJ
There's only one beer released to the public as of now, an American Porter that is available at the Black Sparrow in Lafayette. It's 4.5% and uses Cluster hops. All their output for the first part of next year is slated to be sold in kegs to area pubs. You can also buy 1/2 and 1/6 bbl kegs directly at the brewery –email for availability.
Hiding behind the shop vac is 9,000 lbs of labeling machine. Bottles will come later.
And out back, a bottler and more vats once owned by Burt Grant's of Yakima, WA.