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Burn 'Em Brewing

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420 Ratings

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

718 Freyer Rd
Michigan City, Indiana, 46360
United States

(219) 210-3784 | map

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Added by Rimbimhoot on 07-11-2014

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 3
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4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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4.85/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

What a find! We were driving back from Cabelas in Hammond and were looking for breweries. We skimmed a few along the way on our route back to Mishawaka and Burn 'Em came up. The beer sounded good and we were in search of more good craft.

We actually drove right past the turn and had to double back. We were a bit shocked that the brewery/tasting room was downstairS of their (I assume) home. We questioned our decision but weren't let down when we ordered. I picked up a flight including Siesta, Rye Alerr, Gawd Loves Fugly and Boader Allies. All excellent selections and was pleased with the variety I selected.

The setting is small but doest take away from what craft beer is all about. The guys behind the counter were laid back and cool, appreciated their information.

On the way out I bought 2 cans of the Creamed Corn Cream Ale. While not on our list I will be sharing those and when I return to Northern California with other craft enthusiasts. Thanks for the great beer guys!

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Photo of lftwng4
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

First, a caveat: We attended Burn ‘Em’s 420ish party, so the atmosphere was a bit different than if we had gone on a typical non-event day.
I had heard the place was small, and that is not a lie. Seating inside for about 8-10 people, and there’s a small patio that could hold double that. It’s a converted house, on the outskirts of town, little parking, although there is an abandoned? warehouse across the street that provided plenty of space to park.
So, on to the beer. For the fest, they had roughly 25-30 beers on tap. I tried several of their pale ales and IPAs, all were good to great. The type of beers that I want another one right away. They also had a bunch of collaboration beers, several of which were sours or in that neighborhood, which I didn’t try. My wife and her friend started the day off with an ice cream float made with a nitro version of Dark Side of the Moo, a Russian Imperial Stout, that she said was fantastic. Honestly, I had 6 or 7 beers, and things got a bit fuzzy, so I’m struggling with remembering names of beers. Essentially, all the beers we had were well done, no regrets. They seem to do some off-kilter styles(Kreamed Corn, anyone?) but I heard no complaints from anyone around, and as stated, the beers I tasted and remembered were all stellar. They also have a few food items in their taproom, and for the fest, they had a Jamaican food truck(which was delicious) in addition to their own chef grilling and serving several sandwiches and the like.
The entire operation looks like it spans 2-3 acres, most of it the surrounding grounds. For the fest, they set up a tent to the side of the brewery. The tent was where the bands were playing, they also had the aforementioned food sources, and a wall of taps set up. Btw, the sound in the tent was probably the best I’ve ever heard an outdoor show sound, so props to the sound guy. Lots of room to roam, sit, hang out, etc. There were several porta-potties, and a dozen or so tables and chairs set up, so it wasn’t crowded at all.
All of the staff were helpful and friendly, and I might have waited in line for beer 5 minutes at the most, and not at all for food. Everyone in attendance was happy to be there, and it was a beautiful day out, so that helped with the overall easy-going vibe. The overall aesthetic of Burn ‘Em Brewery is easily figured out just by looking at their artwork on their product. They don’t take things too seriously, although they do a professional job and produce a fantastic product. Why aren't they collaborating with Hoof Hearted? It seems to be a natural fit.
In short, I think their beer was great, the staff was on top of things, and the space is fantastic. It’s a 3.5 hour drive for us, so we won’t make it a regular stop, but if we’re anywhere close to the area, it’s a must-do. Again, if you’re just visiting for the taproom, it’s small and likely to be crowded. But when they throw a party, and the weather co-operates, I can’t think of a better place to be at.

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4.04/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Small off-the-beaten-path tap room adjacent to the Brewing area. A few snacks on the menu, 10-12 draft selections and bottles and cans to go. Spent grain pretzels went well with the beer. Super-friendly staff. Tiny tap room though, would be tight if it got crowded. Not far from the freeway. Easy on-and-off traveling to and from Chicago to the east.

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Burn 'Em Brewing in Michigan City, IN
Brewery rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 420 ratings
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