Expanding Hammond Distillery Details – Inside Indiana Business

A special events space in the new 18th Street Distillery, the offshoot of the 18th Street Brewery in downtown Hammond. (photo by John Luke/The Times of Northwest Indiana)

The Hammond-based 18th Street Distillery says it is growing in the city’s downtown area. Our partners at The Northwest Indiana Era report the distillery takes over a former Pabst Blue Ribbon warehouse in order to increase its production capacity.

The distillery acquired the space from the city, according to the publication. Plans call for 18th Street to move its tasting room from its current location to the new space, which will also include an entertainment area, a botanical garden to grow herbs for cocktails, and apartments.

Founder and President Drew Fox tells The temperature the new location will allow for additional fermentation of up to 12,000 gallons, in addition to other amenities, and create up to six jobs.

“It’s an event and living space with two new apartments, one we’ll be renting out and one we’ll be turning into an Airbnb,” Fox said. “It will be an event space as well as our new tasting room. Our current location is quite small and we plan to move to the street in early spring. We will have additional capacity. The aim is to book weddings and social events. It’s a really cool space.

The distillery says renovations are underway and once complete, the new location will double its current capacity to around 60 seats. The facility will also accommodate up to 200 people for events.

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