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3 Floyds Brewing Co.

3 Floyds Brewing Co.

9750 Indiana Pkwy, Munster, Indiana 46321
(219) 238-6815
First Visited: December 28, 2017

3 Floyds Brewing Co. is a craft brewery located in Munster, Indiana, United States. The brewery was founded in 1996 by Nick Floyd, his brother Simon Floyd, and their father Mike Floyd. The three had a passion for brewing beer and wanted to create a brewery that would produce unique, flavorful beers that were not readily available in the market.

The origins of 3 Floyds Brewing Co. can be traced back to the early 1990s when Nick Floyd was working at a liquor store in Chicago. He noticed that there were very few local craft beers available, and those that were available were not very good. Nick decided to start brewing his beer in his home and began experimenting with different recipes and techniques.

In 1996, Nick teamed up with his brother Simon and their father Mike, who had experience in the restaurant industry, to start 3 Floyds Brewing Co. The brewery’s first location was a small warehouse in Hammond, Indiana, where the Floyd family converted a former mechanic’s shop into a small-scale brewery.

In the early years, 3 Floyds struggled to gain traction in the market, and the brewery almost went bankrupt. However, the Floyd family’s dedication and passion for brewing unique, flavorful beers kept them going. They began to focus on producing high-quality, small-batch beers that would appeal to a niche audience of beer enthusiasts.

3 Floyds’ big break came in 2002 when they released their flagship beer, “Alpha King.” The beer, which is a hoppy American Pale Ale, was an instant success and helped put 3 Floyds on the map. Since then, the brewery has released numerous award-winning beers, including “Dark Lord,” a Russian Imperial Stout, and “Gumballhead,” an American Wheat Beer.

One of the keys to 3 Floyds’ success is their focus on quality and consistency. The brewery uses only the highest quality ingredients and adheres to strict brewing techniques to ensure that each batch of beer is of the highest quality. Additionally, 3 Floyds has a dedicated team of brewers who are passionate about their craft and are constantly experimenting with new recipes and brewing techniques.

Another factor that sets 3 Floyds apart is their unique branding and marketing. The brewery has a distinct visual style, with their beers featuring elaborate labels and artwork created by local artists. 3 Floyds has also created a cult following through their limited-edition releases, such as their annual “Dark Lord Day” festival, where they release their highly coveted “Dark Lord” beer.

In recent years, 3 Floyds has faced some challenges, including supply chain issues and a temporary closure of their brewpub due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the brewery has remained resilient, and their beers continue to be in high demand among beer enthusiasts around the world.

In addition to their dedication to quality and unique branding, 3 Floyds has also been known for their collaborations with other breweries and businesses. They have collaborated with breweries from around the world, including Mikkeller, Amager Bryghus, and De Struise Brouwers. They have also collaborated with non-brewing businesses such as Mastodon, a heavy metal band, to create unique beers with interesting flavors.

3 Floyds has also been active in the community, supporting local organizations and events. They have been involved in various fundraisers and charity events and have sponsored local sports teams. In 2020, they also collaborated with other local businesses to create a beer to raise money for hospitality workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

While 3 Floyds’ success can be attributed to many factors, their commitment to innovation and experimentation has been key. They are constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the world of craft beer and are not afraid to take risks and try new things. They have also been known for their willingness to share their knowledge and expertise with other brewers, helping to advance the craft beer industry as a whole.

Despite their success, 3 Floyds has faced criticism from some members of the craft beer community for their limited releases and exclusivity. Many of their most popular beers are only available in small quantities and are difficult to obtain, leading to long lines and high prices on the secondary market. However, the Floyd family has defended their approach, stating that they want their beers to be enjoyed by those who appreciate their craft and dedication to quality.

Today, 3 Floyds Brewing Co. is one of the most respected and well-known craft breweries in the United States. The brewery has won numerous awards and accolades, including being named one of the top 50 breweries in the world by RateBeer.com. Despite their success, the Floyd family remains dedicated to their craft and continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in the world of craft beer.

Looking to the future, 3 Floyds plans to continue to innovate and push the boundaries of what is possible in the world of craft beer. They recently announced plans to build a new production facility in Munster, Indiana, that will allow them to increase production and distribution while maintaining their commitment to quality and consistency.

3 Floyds Brewing Co. is a testament to the power of passion, dedication, and quality. The Floyd family’s commitment to brewing unique, flavorful beers has led to their success and has helped to shape the craft beer industry as we know it today.

Three Floyds Brewing Co. is a Midwestern brewery dedicated to crafting a wide and “not normal” range of quality ales and lagers. Since our founding in 1996 by Nick Floyd we have been brewing uncompromising and full-flavored beers for a range of tastes. With a constant eye toward sound technical brewing practices, we use ingredients from around the world to bring you the best artisanal, innovative and fresh beers we can.

Beers Tried

13 Hands

Farmhouse Ale – Saison

9.5% ABV

24 IBU

Rating: 4.09
4.1/5

A Saison fermented in white wine and Old Tom gin barrels with Viognier grapes and Brettanomyces. The fruitiness of the grape marries well with the oak, bright botanicals and tartness from the wild yeast. Aged 2 years. Bottle Conditioned.

Alpha King

Pale Ale – American

6.66% ABV

68 IBU

Rating: 3.96
4/5

A bold yet balanced American Pale Ale with slight caramel sweetness and aggressive citrus hoppiness. This is our flagship beer.

Blot Out the Sun

Stout – Imperial / Double

13.4% ABV

97 IBU

Rating: 4.02
4/5

“Since the dawn of time it has been mankind’s dream to blot out the sun.” -C. Montgomery Burns

Aggromaster

Scottish Ale

7.5% ABV

Rating: 3.89
3.9/5

As coffee and dark ales collide on the battlefield of flavor, a new hero emerges victorious! Combining a malty, Scottish-style ale with hand-selected roast coffee, the Aggromaster is your champion of full-bodied beers . . . Destined for and greatness and enjoyment.

Dark Lord (2013)

Stout – Russian Imperial

15% ABV

Rating: 4.31
4.3/5

As coffee and dark ales collide on the battlefield of flavor, a new hero emerges victorious! Combining a malty, Scottish-style ale with hand-selected roast coffee, the Aggromaster is your champion of full-bodied beers . . . Destined for and greatness and enjoyment.

Moloko

Stout – Milk / Sweet

8% ABV

30 IBU

Rating: 4.02
4/5

This milk stout is brewed with a portion of golden naked oats and lactose milk sugar to give it a rounded and full-bodied mouth feel, with a deep roasted and slightly sweet maltiness.

Pear Bear

Wild Ale – American

8% ABV

 

Rating: 4.04
4/5

Aged for 11 months in wine and bourbon barrels, this American-style wild ale brewed with pears is both elegant and ambitious, featuring notes of pear, bubblegum, and oak with lots of funk from the use of Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus.

Daytona Stinger

Sour – Fruited

9.5% ABV

68 IBU

Rating: 3.16
3.2/5

Inspired by one of the greatest tales ever told, Daytona Stinger takes a rocket launcher to your taste buds. Kettle soured and fermented with a mixed culture of proprietary yeasts, this sultry ale is aged on black limes, fresh and dried mint, and healthy dose of mojito extract for a flavor an color boost. Enjoy on hot summer nights and repeat after us, “Stingers pal, stingers.”

Alpha Klaus

Porter – American

6% ABV

38 IBU

Rating: 3.82
3.8/5

Alpha King’s festive cousin. A big American Xmas Porter brewed with English chocolate malt, Mexican sugar and, of course, tons of strange American hops.

Speed Castle

Pilsner – Other

5.6% ABV

23 IBU

Rating: 3.7
3.7/5

Our newest year-round beer has arrived – Speed Castle Pilsner. Using hops sourced from German farms, American Pilsner malt, and hand-selected fresh or ‘wet’ hops, Speed Castle is a crisp, refreshing and world-ending Pilsner.

Gumballhead

Wheat Beer – American Pale Wheat

5.6% ABV

35 IBU

Rating: 3.95
4/5

An American wheat ale brewed with white wheat and dry hopped with hand-selected hops from the Yakima Valley. Bright and refreshing with a lemony finish.

Deesko!

Sour – Berliner Weisse

6.5% ABV

Rating: 3.78
3.8/5

A Munster-style Berliner Weiss. Tart, refreshing, and perfect for summer.

Cat Date

IPA – Imperial / Double

9.5% ABV

86 IBU

Rating: 3.87
3.9/5

A categorically big Double IPA brewed to honor our little friends and their clandestine meetings. Intensely bitter with notes of citrus, grapefruit, and orange marmalade.

Foeder Fiend

Wild Ale – American

7% ABV

3 IBU

Rating: 3.69
3.7/5

A fiendish wild ale aged in our hand-made wooden foeders. Brewed with a fresh strawberries and strawberry juice.

LazerSnake

IPA – American

7% ABV

55 IBU

Rating: 3.91
3.9/5

LazerSnake is a good old fashioned Indiana Pale Ale. Brewed with Special Bavarian hops that give LazerSnake it’s smooth non-filtered appeal to all craft beer and macro enthusiasts.

Munsterfest

Märzen

6.2% ABV

20 IBU

Rating: 3.77
3.8/5

A Märzen-style Fest Bier brewed with the finest German malted barley, aromatic Bavarian noble hops and traditional lager yeast. This rich malty lager is one of the few that remain true to the tradition of fest beers originally brewed to honor the marriage of Prince Ludwig in 1810. We hope you enjoy this fall offering. Prosit.

Zombie Dust

Pale Ale – American

6.5% ABV

62 IBU

Rating: 4.25
4.3/5

This intensely hopped and gushing undead Pale Ale will be one’s only respite after the zombie apocalypse. Created with our marvelous friends in the comic industry.

Snow And Rock

Bock – Doppelbock

8.1% ABV

Rating: 3.77
3.8/5

Brewed in collaboration with WarPigs Brewpub.
A rich, smooth and unrelenting lager.

Barbarian Haze

IPA – New England / Hazy

6.5% ABV

63 IBU

Rating: 3.84
3.8/5

At long last, we bring you our take on a Hazy IPA. It’s no secret that most of our portfolio is hop forward, flavorful, and unfiltered. With Barbarian Haze, we took the hopping protocol a bit further, using some new age brewing alchemy coupled with our old school heavy handed approach. Fans of the style will recognize the complex soft malt character that helps balance the generous hop additions for supreme drinkability.

Geordonnay

Sour – Fruited

8.1% ABV

12 IBU

Rating: 3.97
4/5

A Northern English Sour Brown Ale brewed with blackberries.

Psychonaught

Lager – Dortmunder / Export

5.8% ABV

58 IBU

Rating: 3.6
3.6/5

Easy-drinking cousin of Dread and Alpha Naught. This lager is brewed with the finest experimental hops from Alsace, France.

Von Munsthür

Pilsner – German

4.8% ABV

68 IBU

Rating: 3.55
3.6/5

Aroma is a grainy malt character mixed with floral, lemongrass and herbal notes from the hops. This pilsner is refreshingly light on the palate with a bitter punch that lingers. Dry, crisp finish.

Temple of the Sun

IPA – Sour

7% ABV

70 IBU

Rating: 3.68
3.7/5

Our second collaboration with the mighty Skeletonwitch is a kettle-soured IPA brewed with loads of Southern Hemisphere hops. This tart, refreshing ale with lingering notes of tropical fruit, raspberry and currants celebrates the “individual” in all of us and illuminates the path.

Necron 99

IPA – American

7.3% ABV

61 IBU

Rating: 3.83
3.8/5

Note: Scortch ale, not Scotch ale. This is in reference to the film, Wizards. Tropical fruit aroma, primarily passion fruit, pineapple, and mango. More subtle notes of berries, melon, citrus, and floral are also present with a full malt profile and a bitter finish.

Yum Yum

Pale Ale – American

5.5% ABV

55 IBU

Rating: 3.79
3.8/5

Welcome to flavor country. This Pale Ale has just the right malt backbone to support an explosive juicy hop profile. Derived from a new blend of proprietary hops. We hope you’ll enjoy it. Cheers!

Flying Tigersault

Pilsner – Other

4.8% ABV

52 IBU

Rating: 3.61
3.6/5

The Architect & Undisputed Future of Pilsner. REDESIGN.REBUILD.RECLAIM.DRINK.

Behemoth (Barrel Aged)

Barleywine – American

12.5% ABV

80 IBU

Rating: 4.26
4.3/5

Our American-style Barleywine gets the barrel treatment, as we age it in bourbon barrels for over a year. From here the intense hop character gets rounded out and complemented with natural vanilla, coconut and bourbon notes extracted from the barrel aging process.

Dreadnaught

IPA – Imperial / Double

9.4% ABV

85 IBU

Rating: 4.19
4.2/5

An Imperial India Pale Ale with an intense citrus hop aroma, a huge malt body and a crisp finish.

Space Station Middle Finger

Pale Ale – American

6% ABV

50 IBU

Rating: 3.9
3.9/5

From the dawn of time, humans have looked to the sky for answers. Space Station Middle Finger replies to all from its eternal orbit. Behold and enjoy Space Station Middle Finger, a bright golden American Pale Ale.

Black Sun

Stout – Irish Dry

6.5% ABV

50 IBU

Rating: 3.78
3.8/5

A nose of coffee, roasted malts and piney hops. This medium-bodied stout has a broad depth of maltiness and a clean, dry finish.

Robert the Bruce

Scottish Ale

6.5% ABV

24 IBU

Rating: 3.88
3.88/5

A full-bodied Scottish-style Ale with a well-rounded malty profile and roasted biscuit-like notes.

Dark Lord - Lounge Against the Macromachine (2020)

Stout – Russian Imperial

15% ABV

Rating: 4.06
4.1/5

Dark Lord aged in mezcal barrels with orange peels, guajillo peppers, cocoa nibs + Mekong cinnamon.

Zombie Ice

IPA – Imperial / Double

8.5% ABV

55 IBU

Rating: 3.98
4/5

Crafted with an unholy amount of citra hops, this double undead Pale Ale heralds the zombie evolution after the dust has settled from the apocalypse.

Legendary Shader

Wheat Beer – Hefeweizen

5.5% ABV

Rating: 3.80
3.8/5

A traditional Bavarian-style Hefe Wiesse from space, with notes of banana, clove, and bubblegum.

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