The Brewery

Hop River is a 15-barrel production micro-brewery and taproom in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana, just north of the Riverfront development area.

Our brewery creates high quality craft beer in an authentic brewery taproom atmosphere and engages with its customers outside of the brewery through local production.


We won two Gold medals and placed second overall for Best in Show at the distinguished 2018 Indiana State Fair Brewers’ Cup Professional Division. Maestro Vienna Lager won Gold in the European Amber Lager Division and earned Runner-Up for Best in Show.  Harrison St. Wheat took home a Gold medal in the German Wheat and Rye Division.  Craft brewers from across the country entered 661 beers for competition in the 20th anniversary Brewer’s Cup.

The Indiana Brewers’ Cup is considered one of the largest home and professional statewide craft beer competitions with entries this year from California, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, and Indiana. Professional judges evaluate beers based on aroma, flavors, and appearance.

“We’re a brewery staffed by beer drinkers and enthusiasts,” said Head Brewer Kevin Debs. “Everyone works to make each new batch a little better than the batch before, because that’s the beer we want to drink ourselves—and the beer we want to share.”