Dovetail Brewery Brings the Enjoyment of Quality Continental-Style Craft Beer to Indiana

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Press Release | Wed November 08, 2017, 12:45 PM EST

  • From left: co-owners and brewers Hagen Dost and Bill Wesselink. Beers: rauchbier, hefeweizen and lager.

    From left: co-owners and brewers Hagen Dost and Bill Wesselink. Beers: rauchbier, hefeweizen and lager.

    From left: co-owners and brewers Hagen Dost and Bill Wesselink. Beers: rauchbier, hefeweizen and lager. Photo credit: Dovetail Brewery
  • Dovetail Lager

    Dovetail Lager

  • Dovetail Brewery tap handles

    Dovetail Brewery tap handles

Dovetail Brewery (1800 W. Belle Plaine, Chicago; 773-683-1414) is one of Chicago’s craft beer gems, and now this award-winning brewery has begun sharing its masterful brews with its Indiana neighbors. Thanks to a partnership with Craftroads Beverage, a distribution company with more than sixty years of industry experience and a passion for exceptional craft beer, Dovetail now is distributing their brews to select Indiana markets.

“We went to a draft service seminar in Chicago sponsored by Leaders Beverage where they were pouring Dovetail lager and after we tasted it, we all said that is the best lager we have tried,” said Jim Schembre of Craftroads Beverage, who immediately knew he wanted to bring Dovetail’s beers to Indiana. The Craftroads team identified an elite list of high profile craft beer venues who will carry various Dovetail beers. Once the brewery is established in Indiana, distribution will move to a more mainstream market.

Determined to provide the best beer possible, Craftroads is very selective when it comes to choosing which breweries they are going to carry. “It must have quality, be a good fit in our portfolio and have a story,” said. Schembre.

Founded by co-owners and head brewers Hagen Dost and Bill Wesselink in June 2016, Dovetail checked all the boxes. Known for using continental European techniques and American creativity to brew straightforward delicious craft

beer, the brewery quickly made a name for itself in the beer world. Deemed “a must for any serious beer lover” by Josh Noel, columnist at the Chicago Tribune, the brewery’s growing list of accolades includes being named one of the most promising breweries to open in 2016 by Beer Advocate Magazine and finishing in fifth place in USA Today 10Best’s Best New Brewery reader’s poll.

Part of their success lies within their uniqueness. By merging European influences with American creativity to produce the kind of beers found in family-run European breweries. Their beers are simple, clean and deliciously refreshing, a welcome departure from the myriad IPAs and elaborately flavored beers that characterize the craft beer world.

Dost and Wesselink’s shared appreciation for the traditional brewing methods of continental Europe encouraged the two brewers, who at the time were studying for their Master Brewer Certifications at the Doemens Institute, to start their own brewery. In addition to having similar beer tastes, the duo found inspiration in their belief that brewing is a fine balance of art, science, hard work and fun. In honor of that belief, Dost and Wesselink named their brewery after the dovetail joint, a joinery technique used in woodworking that is notoriously difficult to pull apart and difficult to make manually. Just like the woodworking joint it was named after, the brewery brings a high level of quality and craftsmanship to its beer through the marriage of both traditional brewing methods and modern brewing creativity.

Indiana residents can find Dovetail beer at the following locations:


Dovetail Beer

Restaurant/Bar Name



Fat Dan’s Deli

5410 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46220


Fat Dan’s Deli

410 E. Michigan St., Indianapolis, IN 46204


Tick Tock Lounge

2602 E 10th St., Indianapolis, IN 46201


La Margarita

2713 S Calhoun St., Fort Wayne, IN 46807


Hopcat Broad Ripple

6280 N College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46220


Shoefly Public House

122 E 22nd St., Indianapolis, IN 46202


6 Autumns Food & Spirits

3855 IN-127, Angola, IN 46703

Hefeweizen & Lager

Trion Tavern

503 Broadway St., New Haven, IN 46774


Stacks Bar And Grill

175 W Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN 46383


Harry's Old Kettle Pub & Grill

1633 Stitt St, Wabash, IN 46992


800 Degrees Wood Fired Pizza

10020 Lima Rd F, Fort Wayne, IN 46818

Hefeweizen, Pils & Lager

Sahm’s Bar & Grill

7870 E 96th St, Fishers, IN 46037

About Dovetail Brewery                                                      

Dovetail Brewery, located at 1800 W. Belle Plaine in Chicago, Illinois, is a craft brewery owned by brewers Hagen Dost and Bill Wesselink, specializing in delicious, balanced beers brewed using traditional German and Belgian brewing methods. Signature beers include unfiltered German-style lagers, traditional Hefeweizen, Rauchbier and Lambic-style sour beers. Dovetail Brewery also produces a variety of special seasonal beers.

Taproom hours are: Tuesday- 12 pm - 10 pm; Wednesday- 12 pm - 10 pm; Thursday- 12 pm - 10 pm; Friday- 12 pm - 11 pm; Saturday- 11 am - 11 pm; Sunday- 12 pm - 8 pm.                        

The 22,000-square foot brewing facility includes an attractive dog-friendly tap room that is open to the public for drinking and retail sales. The tap room is also available as a rental space for private events.

Dovetail Brewery delivers beer by the keg to venues near the brewery and also to some select venues closer to the Loop. All bars, taverns and restaurants in the greater Chicagoland area that wish to serve Dovetail beer on tap are welcome to pick up kegs, in two sizes, at the brewery during normal business hours.

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For more information about Dovetail Brewery, please visit the brewery’s website at, their newsroom at or contact Bill Wesselink or Hagen Dost by email. For information about promotions and private events, please contact Adrianne Dost. For additional information, call 773-683-1414.


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Press Release | Wed November 08, 2017, 12:45 PM EST

Media Contacts

Bill Wesselink
Cindy Kurman
Public Relations
Hagen Dost