Visting IN and OH area

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by AndyAvalanche, Oct 27, 2013.

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  1. AndyAvalanche

    AndyAvalanche Initiate (0) Jun 16, 2008 Massachusetts

    A group of buddies and I are leaving for Indiana later this week. Renting an RV and staying at Potato Creek Park and hitting the South Bend for the ND-Navy game on Saturday. Wondering if anybody could help me out with any good must visits in that general area, even if it's just a decent store. Will also be driving through northern Ohio and hoping to stop at Great Lakes for lunch or dinner. Checked some forums and mapped some things, but would appreciate any info from anybody local. Probably can't drive too far out of the way, the RV only gets something like 12 miles per gallon. Thanks to anyone who took the time to read this.
  2. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Grand Pooh-Bah (5,159) May 30, 2005 Michigan
    Pooh-Bah Society

    Overshoot South Bend by about 30-40 minutes and you'll be at Three Floyds. Well worth the time to go, but be advised they are typically jammed on weekends.
  3. Stinger80OH

    Stinger80OH Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2011 Ohio

    After you're done at GLBC, continue your journey westward to Fat Heads in North Olmsted and Lizardville in Rocky River. Both of these locations have enough room to park an RV and Fat Head's affords you the ability for growler fills while Lizardville does growlers and have ton's of single bottles. And, they are 5-10 minutes apart and not a journey off of I-90.
  4. riemster

    riemster Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2011 Ohio

    Fat Heads or Brew Kettle which are all in Northeast Ohio are within reasonable distance. It wouldn't hurt to stop in for a bit. Lizardville in Rocky River or Bedford Heights would be the shop to go to in that area.

    Rather than continue with the normal recommendations, I would suggest Maumee Bay Brewing Company in Toledo. It's only 10 minutes from the turnpike. If they have bottles of Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout and Amarillo Brillo IIPA, I would definitely stop in. Cool pub too. I hope you have fun, cheers!
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  5. tsauce2

    tsauce2 Initiate (0) Oct 12, 2011 Indiana

    If you are coming across 80/90, I would hit Dark Horse in Marshall, MI (abt 20 min north of IN) and Arcadia (abt 10 min northwest of Dark Horse). Both are fantastic breweries.
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  6. Neary

    Neary Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2013 Ohio

    There's a few good shops in Toledo and the Attic in downtown Toledo has Zombie Dust, Gumball Head, and a few other great selections on draft.
  7. craigo19

    craigo19 Zealot (661) Oct 12, 2009 Michigan

    I will second Maumee Bay and the Attic in Toledo. The Andersons in Maumee is not too far off the turnpike and is a great bottle shop. In South Bend check out Four Horsemen.
  8. BB1313

    BB1313 Grand Pooh-Bah (4,216) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio
    Pooh-Bah Trader

    If you could only stop at one place in NE Ohio, I'd definitely make it Fat Heads..
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  9. lftwng4

    lftwng4 Initiate (0) Oct 12, 2007 Ohio

    There's a nice brewery in Elkhart, just east of South Bend, right off of 80/90, called Iechyd Da Brewing. I'm surprised it doesn't get mentioned around here much, but their beer is pretty good, food too.
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  10. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Pooh-Bah (2,549) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    It is about 40 miles from the Toll Road, exit 36 on I-69 IIRC. Not 20 minutes, especially in an RV. If he takes I-94 across MI, then it is real close, but would Toll savings for an RV offset gas and time?
  11. myersk27

    myersk27 Initiate (0) Oct 21, 2011 Indiana

    Yeah you gotta stop at Iechyd Da in Elkhart. Beer is great and the food is awesome as well. Great atmosphere. Also, Granger has Bare Hands Brewery. This is on your way from Elkhart to South Bend. I always recommend Fiddlers Hearth downtown South Bend for a solid draft lineup. enjoy!
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  12. tsauce2

    tsauce2 Initiate (0) Oct 12, 2011 Indiana

    Ok, maybe a half hour. You're from MI, so you know every mf'er in that state does at least 80 on the highway. Even if he does 65, it's a little over a half hour. Depending on his routing, which is why I specified "IF YOU ARE...", he should stop at said place.

    If you read the OP's initial post, he said he is coming across northern OH and going to the Notre Dame game so he may be going either way. Regardless, OP is from MA, so if he is coming in from out of state on a leisurely trip and asking for good places to stop at.

    Dark Horse is a great brewery with a cool store, so it would be like a 2 for 1. If you are coming in during the week for a Saturday game, you might have a few hours to take out of your trip for a quality stop.
  13. Neary

    Neary Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2013 Ohio

    marino's in sylvania, ohio
  14. fredmugs

    fredmugs Initiate (0) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana

    I just found out yesterday that tailgating is prohibited at Notre Dame and there are no alcohol sales in the stadium.

    On my last road trip I enjoyed going to Willoughby which is before you get to Cleveland if you are taking the NY Thruway to get there.
  15. AndyAvalanche

    AndyAvalanche Initiate (0) Jun 16, 2008 Massachusetts

    Awesome, I appreciate everyone's help! Leaving today!
  16. myersk27

    myersk27 Initiate (0) Oct 21, 2011 Indiana

    people tailgate all the time at ND.....If they have "no tailgating" signs and stuff I'm sure it's loosely enforced. I don't think they can come out and say "please come get drunk in our parking lot".
  17. craigo19

    craigo19 Zealot (661) Oct 12, 2009 Michigan

    The problem with Marinos is that you have to be careful with IPAs and IIPAs, I bought a four pack of Maumee Bay's Amarillo Brillo and it was a malt bomb. I drank one and used the other three to cook with.
  18. fredmugs

    fredmugs Initiate (0) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana

  19. BorisKarloff

    BorisKarloff Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2013 Ohio

    How could this be interpreted such that tailgating is prohibited?

    It was my understanding that tailgating occurs outside the stadium.
  20. myersk27

    myersk27 Initiate (0) Oct 21, 2011 Indiana

  21. myersk27

    myersk27 Initiate (0) Oct 21, 2011 Indiana

    "Tailgating and alcohol is prohibited on the central part of campus"

    ND stadium and the surrounding lots are definitely not part of the "central part" of that massive campus. they are more in the southeast quadrant. I've been to many ND games, grew up in South Bend....just saying.....there is all kinds of tailgating that happens at Notre Dame on gamedays.....
  22. ballardbrewer

    ballardbrewer Initiate (0) Feb 21, 2009 Indiana

    Don't listen to fredmugs. Tailgating is definitely allowed. I also grew up in the Bend and have friends that go out every home game just to tailgate.
  23. myersk27

    myersk27 Initiate (0) Oct 21, 2011 Indiana

    i believe you and i shared beers at a bottle share at Upland last summer. wish I would have known you were from the Bend as well, we certainly could have chatted it up more!
  24. ballardbrewer

    ballardbrewer Initiate (0) Feb 21, 2009 Indiana

    Yeah. we need to do another again soon.
  25. robboyd

    robboyd Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2011 Indiana

    I had to come check this out because I was tipped off that it was said tailgating isn't allowed at Notre Dame. I'll try to be constructive in my response but come on man, no tailgating at ND? In what world would that be the case? I'll try to set the record straight.

    Yes, tailgating is allowed, 100%, both on campus in permit lots and game day paid lots ($20 if I remember correctly). There are also off campus tailgates in private yards surrounding the stadium (ranging from $10-$100 depending on size of vehicle and proximity to stadium). In fact, tailgating is so popular that ND fills all lots on campus, the 9 hole golf course, and surrounding empty fields owned by the university with cars for tailgating. Free shuttle services are provided for the empty fields, which are on the northern end of campus. It would literally take you 30-40 minutes to walk from one end of the University owned tailgating areas to the other. That's not an exaggeration. According to Google maps, it's 2 miles from the north western tailgating fields to the south eastern tailgating lots. When hosting a tailgate, I usually show up at around 6-6:30am to setup for a 3:30 start time and there are hundreds of cars already in the stadium lot. People in RV's on the private lots south east of the stadium show up the night before. Needless to say, people take tailgating seriously at Notre Dame and it's a FANTASTIC time.

    The thing you got right is that there are no alcohol sales in the stadium. In addition to that, you are not permitted to leave the stadium and regain entry, which is different than most stadiums. They also regulate tailgating DURING the game, which is not allowed on University property. This started around 2000 if I remember correctly. In the past you could leave the stadium at half time and grab a few beers at a tailgate but no longer. This is part of the reason the off campus private yards closest to the stadium fill up extremely early, if not the night before. You can always pocket a flask as they don't pat you down at ND, but if you're caught with it, and season tickets (which nearly 100% are season tickets owned by someone), their tickets can be forfeited forever. Needless to say, that's a big risk if you know the owner of the tickets you're holding.

    The tailgating scene at ND is awesome. My wife and I usually host 1-2 tailgates a year. I grew up in South Bend and my family has season tickets so I've got about 15 years of tailgating shenanigans under my belt (11 of them legal). In my experience, as long as you're not clearly serving minors and aren't picking fights, setting things on fire, or are getting naked, pretty much anything goes.

    OP, go to Bare Hands in Granger. You won't regret it. Go Irish!
  26. AndyAvalanche

    AndyAvalanche Initiate (0) Jun 16, 2008 Massachusetts

    Thanks again for all the info everyone, we had a great time! Hit up Great Lakes and a few bottle shops so I could bring some stuff back.

    To clarify.... YES you CAN tailgate. In fact it was one of the most fun tailgating experiences I've ever had. They have lots and fields all over the campus designated for tailgating. Alcohol is allowed, the only thing they said, if you have a keg, it needs to stay inside the RV, but you can fill cups and bring it outside. Didn't matter, we didn't have a keg anyway. There are shuttles that take you to the center of campus as well. Since it's an NCAA event, there are no alcohol sales INSIDE the stadium itself. It really was a blast, great game and one of, if not the best sporting event I've ever been to in my life, I'd recommend it to any sports fan.
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  27. StoutIrish

    StoutIrish Initiate (0) Jan 16, 2012 Indiana

    I was at the game as well. Glad to hear you enjoyed it.
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