(La Porte, IN) - A La Porte brewery, well known for its handcrafted micro-beers, has closed.
Backroad Brewery was inside a former industrial building at Lake and Tyler streets for more than 20-years. It was founded by Chuck Krcilek, who continued to operate the brewery until he
recently shut the doors. His varieties of beer ,like Maple City Ale and Blueberry Ale, were sold in liquor stores and bars locally. The brewery was also open for serving from taps occasionally.
Bert Cook, Executive Director of the La Porte Economic Advancement Partneship, was a regular
customer. “It’s sad to lose an establishment like that that’s been a big part of La Porte. I know we’ll desperately miss them,” he said. Cook said the brewery, very much in its original state, was definitely part of the fabric of the community. He believes the decision to close was from a desire by Krcilek to retire.
Back Road Brewery was founded at a time when the now exploding micro-beer industry was just beginning to take root.