When I met Sam Yacko again at a beer fest this year I told him I’d try to stop by Fenwick Farms Brewing in Rensselaer, Indiana . Sam was there to greet me in July, happy to share several samples of Fenwick Farms beer. Fly Free is a wheat ale with a distinct wheat profile. Will You Be My Neighbor is a fruit ale with blueberries and uses Indiana grown Willamette hops. Iriquois River is named after the river running through the breweries’ hometown of Rensselaer, Indiana, making it popular with locals as a light cream ale. Bravo Four uses local Cascade and Chinook hops with Comet hops added after the boil in dry hopping for a week. The result is a typical West Coast style American Pale Ale with 42 IBU. The brewery incorporates a major restaurant and had eleven guest taps including Indiana beer from Devil’s Trumpet, 3 Floyd’s, Pokro, People’s, and Sun King as well as a couple of macro beers, and beer by Bell’s, Rogue, and Greenbush.
The brewery taproom side has a stand up bar along with a few tables and 2 of those bar height tables with bar stools that I’ve never known what to call, but they are functional. The restaurant side is, well, a restaurant!
The brewery is a major part of the Amber Waves of Grain beer fest every year in August (August 17 in 2019) at the nearby Jasper County Fairgrounds which includes such breweries as 3 Floyds, 18th Street, Shoreline, Zorn, Evil Czech, Upland plus Breckenridge, Lagunitas, Revolution, New Holland, and Ballast Point. The festival is 2-6 pm with early bird entry at 1, with TIX HERE.
A thing to like about this brewery is the small town restaurant meets urban metro feel along with local, regional, and other beer! They even have a popcorn machine. They use as much locally sourced food as possible and, while I could not stay for lunch the Waukaru farms beef burger sounds delicious and the 3 street taco’s would be an option calling my name. They even have chocolate cake, like grandma or somebody you knew made.