Birdboy Brewing Co.

 Glasses up craft beer enthusiasts. Birdboy Brewing Co. is brewing to opening later this summer on Fort Wayne’s north side. Last winter I ventured out on a very cold night to meet with Ben Thompson, the owner and brewer, behind Birdboy Brewing. My first question was, "what’s with the name Birdboy?" Ben’s reply was, “I’m a license pilot and aviation buff. I have always admired Fort Wayne’s legendary pilot Art Smith, also known as the bird boy. Opening a brewery has been an aspiration of mine, since I fell in love with home brewing, and I bring with me the enthusiasm Art took to the sky.”  

 Ben has leased a building on Collins Drive just north of Glenbrook Mall. Permits and equipment are a work in progress, but he hopes to be open later this summer. This will be a 7 barrel production brewery, and Ben plans to self distribute kegs to area bars and restaurants. A tap room with growler fills, may soon follow. Look for Birdboy Brewing at this summer’s craft beer events, and check back here often for progress updates. For more info about Birdboy Brewing Co. HERE

by Jeff Johnson