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International Journalist Gives Nod to Munster Indiana Brew

April 28, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

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Grain, Water, Transformed To Popular Ale's & Lager's At 3 Floyds Brewery in Munster

ATLANTIC MONTHLY Columnist Ponders Relocation Based On King Ale

While this column usually relates to topics concerning the real estate market, we sometimes digress in order to put real estate and quality-of-life into better perspective. And what could be more relevant to real estate than the quality of life one enjoys from having close to home, a trendy-but-retro, soul-restoring pub, replete with an assortment of tasty beverages.

So this week we are reprising our story from last week about Three Floyd’s Brew Pub and Dark Lord’s Day, with something from the archive we stumbled across as a follow-up.  This item was published a year ago in that highly regarded journal of foreign affairs and public policy, the Atlantic Monthly.

James Fallows, former editor of US News & World Report, author of several highly respected public policy volumes;  award winning international journalist with hundreds of  articles in his portfolio; was staying in Hyde Park last year lecturing at the University of Chicago.  As an itinerant professor,  Mr Fallows discovered Three Floyds and gave their Alpha King Pale Ale brew an enthusiastic endorsement, and he titled it  “If I Ever Move To Munster Indiana”.

James-Fallows_China ConferenceAnd if we are to interpret his message correctly, perhaps he was not just referring to the beer. But more to the point:  why, even a world-traveler of his caliber, might consider relocating from the exotic corners of the globe to rust-belt, flat-land,  Munster, Indiana? Why even without ever visiting Munster, regardless of all the Indiana stereotypes, such a person-of-the-world would find it plausible to find satisfaction living in suburban down-home Munster and find such a community in the American Midwest sufficiently stimulating.

Not knowing how many tattoos Mr. Fallows has accumulated, or what model Harley he rides, it is great food for thought to think he would feel an affinity to the “Region Rats”.

Without reading too much between the lines, let’s just consider this:

Perhaps it’s just the beer but perhaps it is something deeper in our collective character.  Maybe Mr. Fallows was saying more about us than just the product.

Maybe it’s the Floyd’s fastidious dedication to a taste  instead of  market-share. A robust flavor and lifestyle niche that the PBR crowd will never understand. Visiting a pub in the middle of an industrial park instead of a strip mall. Does this kind of dedication somehow represent Midwestern, Munster Indiana, values?

What decisions brought YOU here compared to DuPage, Will, or Lake County Illinois? What attributes stand out to you that differentiates Indiana values and quality of life from the rest of our Metro Chicago area? Share your comments below to be a part of the conversation.

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Steve Cardwell

Steve Cardwell is an Indiana Realtor working with residential buyers and sellers throughout Northwest Indiana. He likes to stay current on the housing market by analyzing real estate trends with a focus on the towns of Highland and Munster Indiana. His broker affiliation is Red Key Realty Leaders in St John, Indiana. Learn more about Steve and visit www.SteveCardwell.com.

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One Response to “International Journalist Gives Nod to Munster Indiana Brew”
  1. To be honest, a huge Boeing 747 brought me to Northwest Indiana but the local communities and proximity to Chicago have kept me here.

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