It’s sister restaurant, Shigs In Pit Barbeque —owned by Neels, Grantham and Stefan Kelley —serves bottled
Mad Anthony beer. A second Shigs location recently opened on the east side of town and will devote 23 taps to Mad Anthony beers. “Other taps will be taken over by seasonal offerings, small-batch brews and other creations from the beer makers,” said Josh Volz, director of marketing and design for Mad Anthony Brewing.
Mad Anthony’s reputation is nation-wide. It recently brought home four medals at the Indiana State Fair Brewers’ Cup —one of the largest brewing competitions in the U.S., with over 100 official Brewers Guild judges from all over the country. “We actually won in some different categories than we thought we would,” said Volz. “It’s a real honor.”
Mad Anthony won two medals in the IPA category: gold for Mosaic Moon Double IPA and silver for Hop Loco Double IPA. In the American Pale Ale category, Six 2 Midnight Session IPA won silver. Honey Cream Ale won silver in the Light Hybrid category.
“We’ll always keep our classics — like Auburn Lager and Good Karma IPA —around,” said Volz. “But our brewers enjoy experimenting, too. Things like watermelon wheat and sour ales — like cherry tart —are popular with our customers who enjoy trying the newest trends.”
“Our goals for the future include adding more tanks to the brewery, renovating the front bar area at the Broadway location, expanding our menu and increasing distribution of our beer through most of Ohio,” said Volz.
The more local brewers, the merrier, as far as Mad Anthony Brewing is concerned. The company is renowned for its commitment to furthering craft brewing and supporting local and Indiana brewers.
Every September, it hosts the hugely popular Brewed IN the Fort Festival to showcase craft brewers from Fort Wayne and the rest of the state. All of the following local breweries will certainly be participating in next September’s festival —and there may even be some newcomers to the local scene by then!