Tiny Twisted Crew Brewing of Seymour, Indiana, closed with their last Customer Appreciation days on May 5-7. Their announcement back on April 13 was sweet and reflected on the heart of those in craft beer: “Twisted Crew Brewing Company is coming up on it’s 6 Year Anniversary of serving the Seymour community with local craft brew. It has been six fun filled years meeting new faces and forming new friendships we never knew we would acquire. We have had a fantastic time converting many taste buds to the superb qualities of craft beer and introduced these people to a whole new level of beer drinking. The craft beer business is such a great community and we have enjoyed all that it has had to offer. At this time though we have decided to close shop. Let’s not say goodbye though, for one day, down the road, Twisted Crew may live again. ” There is a glimmer of hope! I certainly wish them well. They have always been cheerful and had good beer. Interestingly Twisted Crew opened the same year as Wicked Weed which just became part of Anheuser-Busch read the story – click here
Meanwhile much larger in scale, Tin Man Brewing of Evansville abruptly closed their tasting room on March 19. Tin Man has sold in multiple states, developed a full scale and unusual brewing operation in an historic building in Evansville, IN, and according to public sources is looking for a buyer. If you caught the news that there is a Tin Man in Kokomo, it has a separate owner, currently sells Tin Man beer under special arrangement and expects to brew locally, whether using the Tin Man name or not. Nick and Sara Davidson, principals of Tin Man are truly special people who are extremely passionate. Nick’s Facebook post announced the closing with, ” We entered the brewing scene with an eagerness and enthusiasm that can only be described as blind passion. We love craft beer and always will. Sometimes, as a business owner you hold out longer than you should because you believe things will “turn around”. But things never did.” Tin Man is still producing and distributing beer while, looking for a buyer for the facilities and possibly the brand. I had hoped Damascene apricot sour, which had a nice following and was a lightly tart kettle sour beer, had given them the boost they needed.
In my travels I hear rumors of others that are having difficulties just as more are working on permits and building out. This year may be a year of some shakeouts.
If you love local, craft beer and want to support those around you in the craft beer business GO BUY some TODAY! Perhaps a few extra will drive to Seymour this weekend to show their love and appreciation for the love they’ve shown us!