Logansport Brewing Co. closes

This handwritten sign was posted on the front entrance to Logansport Brewing Co. when it abruptly closed in August.

The Logansport Brewing Co. closed its doors to business Tuesday — but temporarily, based on messages owner Brandon Barron left at the business and posted on his Facebook page.

According to the message on the door at 27 S. 3rd St., the brewery is still scheduled to have a September grand opening.

However, the handwritten note doesn’t give a specific date for that event or a reopening.

Both messages ask the community for suggestions for changes.

The Facebook message stated, “Logansport Brewing Company will be closed until further notice. We would like to thank the community and those who have traveled to spend their time with us during our soft opening.

“We are going to take this time to evaluate what we accomplished successfully and also to review comments and suggestions we have had in hopes of improving our establishment. Thank you for your patience during this transition,” it stated.

Barron posted that message about midnight, according to Facebook timestamps.

As of late Tuesday afternoon, 52 people have “liked” or reacted to the post, and comments were supportive, although one suggested offering more beers on tap and another offered business consulting services.

Barron couldn’t be reached Tuesday through the brewery’s number, private number or Facebook messages.

He opened the brewery on June 3 while still making improvements and had a soft opening on June 7 with live music and food.

It took a year of preparation to get to that point, he told the Pharos-Tribune then. He had been homebrewing for a few years before that.

Barron put the brewpub on the first floor, and he set aside the second floor for events, which people could reserve for parties or he could use as additional seating for the brewpub.

He also planned outdoor events along the Eel River, as weather permitted.

His plan then was to produce more than 750 barrels of beer each year and to serve food made from local ingredients.

Along with starting the brewery, Barron has been talking with industry professionals about having a “Midwest Brew Fest” in the city by next summer.

He said in an interview with the Pharos-Tribune at the time of his soft opening that he believed Logansport’s brewing past and his business’ location along the river would be the perfect location for a beer festival, and the city would benefit.

The city’s history with beer began in 1889 when John Mutschler, a German immigrant and brew master, started the original Logansport Brewing Company on High Street in downtown Logansport.

Smaller breweries opened, but Mutschler’s lasted the longest through various changes.

In 1895, brewery President Eugene Prager defaulted over municipal disputes with the city, and Columbia Brewery Company became general manager from 1895 to 1920, when probation started.

Columbia Brewing was still listed in the city directory under “soft drinks” after that.

Fourteen years later, a banker from Chicago, K.G. Schmidt, bought the brewery and created the city's first lager.

Barron returned brewing to Logansport 65 years after Schmidt's closed down. The building Barron’s business is located in has its own history.

It originally was a gas station in the 1930s and was eventually converted to Firestone Tire. The Firestone Grill opened there later, followed by the short-lived Shrimp King.

Reach James D. Wolf Jr. at james.wolf@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5117.

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