THE BREWERY & TASTING ROOM
Patoka Lake Brewing originally opened in 2020 in Jasper, Indiana as Lighthouse Brewing on the grounds of the former Jasper Country Club. Even then our ultimate dream was to have a stand-alone brewery with a tasting room. That dream is now a reality!
We designed the new brewery from the ground up and construction began in November 2022 in Birdseye, Indiana, located near the main entrance to Patoka Lake recreation area. We opened for business Labor Day weekend 2023 and continue to brew with a state-of-the-art brewing system, using only the finest ingredients and exacting process control to craft our beer.
The goal of Patoka Lake Brewing is to make exceptional beer AND provide a great experience for our guests. The Tasting Room, attached to the brewery, is a welcoming place to kick back, relax and enjoy your favorite craft beer. We invite campers, Jeepers, boaters, adventurers and locals to drop in, stay a while, and most importantly come see us again.
Cheers to everyone who stops by for a visit and a great tasting beer—you'll always be welcomed!
All the best,
Greg and DJ, Owners
Journeyman Brewer DJ Hanselman is at the helm of our brewing operation. Born and raised in Jasper, Indiana, DJ trained under master brewer David Pierce and has 12+ years of brewing experience. When not brewing, he loves serving on judging panels at craft beer competitions.
Working with a state-of-the-art DME brewing system at Patoka Lake Brewing, DJ's skill and precision lay a steady course for our high quality, great tasting beer
His commitment to taste and quality are unwavering—in many ways he's more of a Brew-maestro, than a Brewmaster!
The Fresnel Lens (Fray-nel) is a type of composite compact lens originally developed by French physicist Augustin-Jean Fresnel for lighthouses. It has been called “the invention that saved a million ships.” —Wikipedia
THE LAKE AND DAM
Created as a joint effort between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the lake is one of eight such reservoirs built in the state to provide a secure water supply and as a method of flood control. The lake covers 8,800 surface acres of water in the summer. It was created by damming the Patoka River about 118 miles above its mouth with the Patoka Lake Dam, a 145-feet-high rock-fill earthen dam. —Wikipedia