Hoosier Breweries: Twisted K-8 Edition

Hoosier Breweries: Twisted K-8 Edition


By Guest Indiana On Tap Contributor Aleea Perry

AUTHOR’S NOTE: When Indiana On Tap issued its request for articles,  I began thinking of the breweries I’ve visited, the people I’ve met, the beers I’ve sampled (loved, liked, disliked), and the people who have yet to set foot in an Indiana brewery or taste the deliciousness produced right here (sample some Indiana beer already!). All of this combined with the knowledge that I love beer, I love to write, and Indiana breweries need publicity, here I am, ready and willing to meet owners, brewmasters, staff, patrons and lovers of Indiana beer – all while consuming what I consider to be some of the best beers, nationwide, hands down.

In the interest of full disclosure, while I do not count the owners of Twisted K-8 as personal friends, I first visited Twisted K-8 back in February 2014 after hearing that a new brewery had opened up in La Porte. What I found then (and now) is the same commitment to Indiana beer and hospitality that all Hoosier state breweries should embrace – thus, it is my pleasure to introduce my fellow Hoosier beer lovers to Twisted K-8. Welcome to Column 1 of Hoosier Breweries: Twisted K-8 edition

The perfect way to thank a Veteran in November? Drink his beer!

It doesn’t matter what branch, you’re still a brother.”    -Michael Boshaw

The People

At Twisted K-8, you can drink a pint, eat some delicious food, and support a veteran all in one magnificent stopMichael and Kate Boshaw are the proprietors – Michael is a veteran and current National Guard reservist with twenty-four years in. Twisted K-8’s décor proudly represents a commitment to the armed forces, law enforcement and fire departments with pictures, flags, and patches hung around the bar and dining area. Included in this décor are two personal items of Michael’s: a picture of his fellow troops in Afghanistan and a flag flown over Camp Phoenix on September 11, 2004. Complementing the décor is the mug club members’ hand-tooled dog-tags attached to each mug club members’ glass – a dog-tag created exclusively by Kate. A patch board highlights some of the many military, police and fire department members who have visited Twisted K-8’s to date. 

After many years of vacations to breweries and wineries, what is now Twisted K-8 Brewing started after Michael purchased his first beer kit, one that cloned a brewery’s wheat beer. Two more kit beers later, he went all-grain, developing his own recipes. His first, the 2Cream Stout, was a hit with friends and has remained a recipe he uses today. After six years of home-brewing experience, Michael and Kate knew they wanted to open a brewpub. From the initial decision of “we can do this” to opening of Twisted K-8’s doors, six months passed and with six taps, a one-barrel brewing system and a location in downtown La Porte and they were opened on December 18, 2013. Two months later, they added a two-barrel brewing system to up capacity and have the capacity to ferment 18 barrels system today. 

Twisted K-8’s inviting entrance.
The Beers

The beers are varied, from ales, to stouts, to porters, to IPAs and beers are rotated in and out of the taps on a seasonal and permanent basis. The ‘permanent’ beers are those that will always be in rotation, although they may not be on tap each day. The ‘seasonals’ are just that – once a year favorites that make you wish they were permanent! Some notable beers at Twisted K-8’s are the I Don’t Remember, AfterGlow, Indiana Summer and the 697. I Don’t Remember is a summer seasonal made with key lime zest, named after the motto of Kate and Michael’s favorite Key West bar, Irish Kevin’s. The motto: I came, I drank, I don’t remember. AfterGlow, an IPA, is a permanent staple, made from the grain reused from another Twisted K-8 beer, MoreSex. While MoreSex, an imperial IPA, packed some serious ABV heat at 17.5%, the AfterGlow from MoreSex was a more reasonable 7.5% ABV. 

Indiana Summer was developed after a Lake County farmer contacted Michael about some fresh hops to be picked that Sunday. From Sunday picking to Monday brewing, the Indiana Summer is a wet-hopped IPA available only during the summer as a seasonal. Indiana Summer will return again in 2015, although with 2015 hops, so the name will change to Indiana Summer 2015 – different hops, same concept. 

Finally, Twisted K-8’s flagship beer is 697, an American Pale Ale named after Michael’s local electrical union. Upcoming beers include two beers aged in bourbon barrels from the Mississippi River Distilling Company. These beers are Kate’s Dad, a barleywine at 12% ABV, and Anne Bonney, an oatmeal stout, both expected to come on tap on December 15 and November 15, respectively. In addition to these two, HolidaySex, another version of MoreSex with cinnamon, and the Walk of Shame, will come on board on December 15 and the end of November. The Walk of Shame, mocha cherry vanilla porter will feature a coffee, Chocolate Cherry Thunder Coffee, from the Cherry Republic in Traverse City, MI, and vanilla to combine into a rich porter at 7% ABV for the winter seasonal. 

While the above listed beers are plentiful and varied, this list is not exhaustive! Please see the information below for the current tap list and upcoming beers.

Food, Labels, Merchandise

Everything from the menu, to the beer labels, to the merchandise is carefully designed to complement the beer. The menu is hand-crafted, much of it made in-house, and tested on patrons before it is placed on the menu. A best-seller is their flatbread pizzas with over 200 possible combinations of toppings and sauces. Two new additions are the Mac and Cheese, with over a ½ pound of cheesy goodness in a crock with garlic bread, and the BLT sandwich, featuring ten (yes, 10!) slices of bacon, choice of cheese, and their house-made bread. 

Desserts even complement the beer with choices such as Stout Pudding Pie, of which Kate remarked that she wanted people to, “drink a beer and enjoy their food at the same time.” 

Beer labels (and their accompanying artwork) are also crafted by local artists to both feature the beer and meet the regulations surrounding what information must be provided by beer manufacturers on each label. Merchandise includes the aforementioned beer label posters (18” x 24”), t-shirts, muscle shirts, ball caps, winter beanies, pint glasses, growlers, and stickers, all available at the brewpub.

On Other Hoosier Breweries

I asked Kate and Michael how many breweries and wineries they had visited in their years of beer-cations and wine-cations – the answer: too many to count. Both noted some of their favorites in Indiana, stating that Shoreline Brewing and Backroad Brewing, here in La Porte County were fun to visit. Around the state, they noted Triton Brewing (“fun, good people, good beer”), HalfMoon Brewing (“excellent ribs”); Barley Island (“excellent Scottish eggs”) and Oaken Barrel (“nice beers, fun place to eat, good place to hang out”). They, like many of us Hoosier beer fans, look forward to visiting many more in the coming months and years.

Availability, Final Words

While Twisted K-8’s beers are currently only available in La Porte and Porter Counties, they plan to expand first to the east and then south. They currently distribute by-hand, with Michael loading and delivering every bomber for sale in the area. As the rest of Indiana is booming with new breweries, Twisted K-8 Brewing should be a must-visit for those venturing on northern Indiana brew-tour. In closing, I offer you words of advice from Kate and Michael: “Indiana beer lovers should try every brewery in the state of Indiana, see what’s out there. Every brewery is different and every beer is different” and “Keep an open mind” when visiting an Indiana brewery. 

Brewery Basics

Brewery: Twisted K-8 Brewing, LLC

Owners: Michael & Kate Boshaw

Brewmaster: Michael Boshaw

Address, City, Zip: 610 Monroe St., La Porte 46350

Phone: 219-369-6279

Hours: Closed Mon; Tues-Wed-Thurs: 4-9 p.m.; Fri: 4-10 p.m.; Sat: noon – 10 p.m.; Sun: Noon – 6 p.m. ALL TIMES CST.

Facebook: Twisted K-8 Brewing

Twitter: @TwistedK8Brew

Webpage: www.twistedk-8.com

Food?  Yes, menu created to pair with beers served.

Kid-Friendly? Yes, last seating at 6 p.m., all under 18 asked to leave by 7 p.m.

Mug Club? Yes: 23 oz glass at 16 oz price; VIP Wednesdays are ½ off beers on taps and growler fills; email list of new/upcoming beers; VIP shirt exclusively for mug club members.

Beer sizes? Tasting, pint, bombers, growlers

Where can I purchase?
Twisted K-8, La Porte, IN
Red Carpet Liquor, La Porte, IN
Bottle Shop, La Porte, IN
Bottle Shop Too, La Porte, IN
Trail Creek Liquors, Michigan City, IN
King Richards, Michigan City, IN
Pat’s Liquors, Porter, IN
Portofino Grill restaurant, La Porte, IN
Satellite Inn, Union Mills, IN

Price Point?
Tasting: $2-2.50
Pint: $5-6
Bomber: $7-12
Growler: $13-15

 Tap List (as of 10/31/14)


On Deck (as of 10/31/14)

*MoreSex is another one of K-8’s brews.

This column was my first adventure in writing for IndianaOnTap. If you have a Hoosier brewery you like, support and want to see in this column in the future – drop me an email and I’ll do my best to pay them a visit.

Aleea is a native Hoosier, beer-lover and PhD candidate in public administration. When she’s not championing her home state, actively seeking out Indiana breweries and trying new beers, she writes on topics related to public management, public policy, politics, financial management, and organizational development. She can be contacted at hoosier.breweries@gmail.com

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  • The Beer Scout
    Posted at 08:45h, 14 November Reply

    Great article. I too am submitting articles for the first time on IndianaOnTap. I love all the detail you put into your article. Keep up the great work it will give ideas on where to catch my next flight to @BeerScoutBasics.

    • Aleea
      Posted at 14:02h, 14 November Reply

      BeerScout — thanks so much. I just read your article — loved learning about other places I should visit too. Let’s map this state for IndianaOnTap and share the love of Hoosier beer!

  • Jack Bradford
    Posted at 08:48h, 14 November Reply

    I’m definitely going to have to try them out. Thanks!

    • Aleea
      Posted at 14:03h, 14 November Reply

      Please do – aside from excellent beer, they are friendly and fun. Great place to while away some time.

  • Catherine P.
    Posted at 08:56h, 14 November Reply

    OMG I love it! I had no idea Twisted K-8 was like this. Can’t wait to visit them!

    • Aleea
      Posted at 14:04h, 14 November Reply

      They are — and perhaps I even downplayed their awesomeness a bit. Visit soon, they’ll take care of you.

  • Patrick Larkin
    Posted at 09:15h, 14 November Reply

    Those beer names are cracking me up. Holiday Sex? LOL!

    • Aleea
      Posted at 14:04h, 14 November Reply

      As Michael told me — who doesn’t want a little HolidaySex?
      I didn’t argue. Great name.

  • Indy Beer Snob
    Posted at 12:54h, 14 November Reply

    Tell them to expand SOUTH first! We need them in Indy!

    • Aleea
      Posted at 14:05h, 14 November Reply

      East first, then south is the word I received. I’d love to see them in Indy. I am sure that is in the plans.

  • Manny
    Posted at 13:25h, 14 November Reply

    Never heard of them.

    • Aleea
      Posted at 14:06h, 14 November Reply

      Give them a try — although small, they pack a mighty beer wallop!

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