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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 9:39 am

Chapman's opening Whitley brewery

Kimberly Dupps Truesdell | The Journal Gazette

Just two months after opening its tap room in downtown Fort Wayne inside Fortezza Coffee, Chapman’s Brewing Co. has announced that it’s expanding again.

The Angola brewery will add a second brewery, as well as a taproom, in downtown Columbia City.

Chapman’s will remodel the former Watering Can and CC Deli Building at 118 W Van Buren St., and the building will serve as a research and development facility where new craft beer recipes will be created as well as beers unique to Whitley County, Chapman’s founder Scott Fergusson says.

"Columbia City has a rich brewing history, with the Walter-Raupfer Brewery having the capacity to make over 2 million pints of beer a year," he says. "Columbia City’s downtown is perfect for Chapman’s; our friends and neighbors can enjoy a pint or growler of the best local beer around."

Chapman’s Brewing Co. was founded in 2012 and began production in October 2013.

The anticipated opening date for the Columbia City taproom is Aug. 26, subject to local and state regulatory approval. To learn more about Chapman’s, go to The brewery can also be found on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Food, drink festivals

It’s time to grab a glass and raise it as several events are celebrating the area’s craft beer and wine.

Fort Wayne Food & Brew will be 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday at Headwaters Park. The first-time event will feature food from more than 15 vendors, beer tastings, live entertainment and a kids area with bounce houses, balloon animals and contests.

The JA Wine & Beer Festival, which benefits Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana, will be 5 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 5 at Parkview Field. There will be more than 100 Indiana wines and beers available to sample, as well as bottles available for purchase to share. Participating wineries include Byler Lane Winery, Easley Winery, Schnabeltier and Wine Down; breweries include Five Star Distributing, Hops & Harvest, Mad Anthony and The Guardian Brewing Co. Tickets are $35, which are available at select Cap n’ Cork locations or online at

Brew Haven Craft Beer Festival will be 2 to 6 p.m. Aug. 6 in downtown New Haven. There will be more than 300 craft beers from more than 50 breweries, including Birdboy Brewing Co., Founders Brewing Co., Laotto Brewing, Olde School Brauhaus, Route 2 Brews, Summit City Brewerks, Sun King Brewing Co. and Trubble Brewing. Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 the day of the event, and they include unlimited samples and a souvenier tasting glass. Designated Driver tickets are available for $10. To buy, go to

• The 18th annual Brewed IN the Fort Craft Beer Fest will be 1 to 6 p.m. Sept. 10 at Headwaters Park West. The event, which costs $35 in advance, will include more than 45 Indiana breweries, food trucks and live music. Attendees will be treated to unlimited samples and a souvenir tasting glass. Participating beer makers include 18th St Brewing, Broad Ripple Brewpub, Evil Czech Brewing, Function Brewing and Junk Ditch. For tickets, go to


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