From The NW Times
CHESTERTON — Duneland Distillery owner Vernon Brown hails from a long line of moonshiners from the hills of West Virginia.
"This is a sixth-generation distillery, but the first legal one," he said. Brown opened The Chesterton Brewery in 2019 at 1050 Broadway, a nearly century-old factory that made chinaware and glass for decades, with the slogan "veterans brewing for veterans." Now Brown, who served as a U.S. Marine during the Gulf War period in the early 1990s, is turning the old Westchester Lanes and Lounge bowling alley at 8th Street and Wabash Avenue in Chesterton into the Duneland Distillery. He plans to open the new distillery at 124 N. 8th Street in April. It's the latest maker of spirits to come to the Region, following a change to state law that paved the way for 18th Street Distillery in downtown Hammond, 3 Floyds Distillery in Munster, and the planned Journeyman Distillery in Valparaiso.
"We will first offer vodka and specialize in bourbon, whiskey, gin, and definitely moonshine," Brown said. "When you're educated in spirits, you realize they have so many unique distilled flavors, like rose petals infused in gin. There are so many different opportunities for different tastes and products. There are so many different spirits you can make unique. It's like all the craft breweries opening a few years ago. Those guys are true artists and we're looking to carry it forward."
Duneland Distillery is building out a production facility and tasting room in the 23,000-square-foot former bowling alley. It still can switch from producing one type of liquor to another.