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To stay or not to stay...in Munster

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by TheBeerAlmanac, Jan 21, 2013.

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  1. cadizkyguy

    cadizkyguy Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2008 Kentucky

    I grew up in cal city and know pizza. Glad u had good memories of the munster aurelios but I havent had,a good pizza from there I. Three tries in the,last 2 years.. My l
    I grew up in cal city and know pizza. Glad u had good memories of the munster aurelios but I havent had a good pizza from there in the three visits since 2011. My local favs include state line pizza in hammond, johns in munster and sanfratello's in glenwood, il. Again Aurelios in Munster is terrible pizza. Can do much much better.
  2. Wilb

    Wilb Initiate (0) Oct 18, 2011 Michigan

    Adding another vote for Grand Rapids. So many great breweries close to that area.
  3. craigo19

    craigo19 Disciple (330) Oct 12, 2009 Michigan
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    I would opt to stay near Livery or Greenbrush instead of Munster. Also, you could probably pass on Arcadia, but I would include Dark Horse on a must stop list. On your drive from MI to Cleveland you might want to stop at Maumee Bay Brewing in Downtown Toledo. They have been brewing great beer lately and the food is great too.
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  4. pittsburghkid66

    pittsburghkid66 Initiate (38) Dec 24, 2009 Indiana
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    Here is a thought that I have not heard anyone bring up. After three floyds, head east on 94 toward michigan but stop at Shoreline Brewing in Michigan City, IN. They have a large casino with two hotels, restaraunts, night clubs, and a very large outlet mall. From there, it is only about 30 minutes or so to Greenbush or the Livery. Additionally, around Greenbush, there are plenty of wine places as well as distillerires, round barn, etc. This might be something the wife likes.
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  5. Bakker

    Bakker Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2010 Illinois
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    there are plenty of wine places as well as distillerires....

    Distilleries? You have my attention... Where?
  6. Mothergoose03

    Mothergoose03 Poo-Bah (1,966) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    ^^^^^^^ Round Barn Winery/Brewery/Distillery is one that is close to Greenbush. http://www.roundbarnwinery.com/brewery.php

    There is also a small winery/brewery in Three Oaks, Michigan that is just 10-15 miles east from there, and I think they may also have a small distillery operation but I can't recall their name. Maybe someone else can chime in on that operation. Several other Michigan breweries have a distillery license, and the only one that I can recall right now is New Holland.
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  7. beerlover39

    beerlover39 Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2013 Indiana

    If you come up I65 and have some time you should make a stop in Lafayette IN. We have two micro breweries. Lafayette brewing co. And Peoples brewing co. They both have some pretty tasty brews! Lafayette brewing has some great food to boot. I grew up near Munster and Three Floyd's also has some good brew. Just something to think about. The two here in Lafayette are close to each other.
  8. forrestbetts

    forrestbetts Initiate (67) Nov 29, 2007 Illinois

    Sanfratello's, yes.
  9. TheBeerAlmanac

    TheBeerAlmanac Savant (967) Mar 3, 2011 Kentucky
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    Based on the myriad of suggestions (seriously, thanks everyone) I think we're going to make a pit stop in Munster for day 1 then spend the night in Chicago, can't go wrong there. Then hit The Livery and Greenbush on our way to...Saugatuck? More than one person recommended it and after checking it out, it actually looks very quaint, I'm sure the lady friend would really like it. Arcadia is officially out, sounds like a time waster. Can anyone tell me if I can buy beer and glassware at Hoppin' Frog or is it production and commercial distribution only?
  10. myersk27

    myersk27 Aspirant (291) Oct 21, 2011 Indiana
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    Saugatuck is a great spot....and there are several wineries around that area so if she likes wine that's an option too. The brewery also has really good food. I love that spot....
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  11. Mothergoose03

    Mothergoose03 Poo-Bah (1,966) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    Quaint may not be the right word for Saugatuck Brewing, unless you are referring to the city itself which is very quaint. The brewery is about a half mile or so from the city and is adjacent to a large antique store, so if you like walking thru those kinds of places then you won't have to get in your car again.

    Arcadia would not be a "time waster" especially if it falls at a meal time because they have great food in addition to their beers. But there are so many great breweries on your itinerary....

    Hoppin' Frog is strictly a production facility but there is beer in bombers to go, and they had a couple types of glassware for sale the time that I was there. There is no tasting, so become acquainted as best as you can ahead of time for which beers you'd like to buy.

    Enjoy your trip.
  12. TheBeerAlmanac

    TheBeerAlmanac Savant (967) Mar 3, 2011 Kentucky
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    I was in fact referring to the city, but we'll likely check out the brewery as well. There's a place called Bella Vita Spa & Suites that seems to be pretty cool and walking distance to a lot of places.
  13. krl2112

    krl2112 Crusader (719) Nov 10, 2012 Illinois
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    There is nothing in Munster except for FFF. Stay somewhere else. Indy is a nice place.
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