By Lauren Olsen
Many changes are on the horizon for the U.S. 31 corridor, but one that will get Hoosiers “hoppin” with excitement is a new microbrewery, Four Day Ray Brewing. One of the owners, Brian Graham, said the 75-seat watering hole will be at 1746 Tiller Ct. in Wesfield and is slated to open this fall.
The name Four Day Ray celebrates the railroad tradition in the area.
“Four Day Ray is a slang term for a railway employee that habitually calls off work one day a week,” Graham said.
And if you have attended one of the “Parties on the Patio,” you may have already sampled one of Graham’s home brews.
“We were (there) getting the word out about the brewery and letting people sample some of the beers we would brew,” he said.
Although Graham is an experienced brewer, he has hired a master brewer who will use his recipes. He will focus his attention on the sales and marketing of the new business.
“I have been brewing beer for 18 years, won the Best of Show at the Indiana State Fair and I am a certified Beer Judge Certified Program Beer Judge,” Graham said. “I love good beer and food and I enjoy seeing people in community with each other having a great time, enjoying each other’s company and what better way to do that than over good food and beer.”
The brewery plans to offer smoked meat tacos, brisket, pork and chicken. They will also have hot pretzels, wings and other specials.
“Beers will be hop forward, both in aroma and flavor, our flag ship beer will be an IPA that has huge tropical fruit, mango papaya and citrus. You can describe it as being juicy,” Graham said.
Graham’s passion for beer goes deeper than sitting down with a good pint; he also wants to educate his patrons on the flavor profiles and different types of beers. One feature he plans to have at the brewery is a tasting room, called the Boiler Room. The room will have iPads that customers can use to learn about craft beers.
“We want people to understand their preferences and introduce them to new ones,” Graham said.