Figure Eight is a small craft brewery in downtown Valparaiso, (Vale Of Paradise) Indiana about 60 miles southeast of Chicago. Started in 2010, they joined other craft brewers in Northwest Indiana (Three Floyds, Shoreline, Crown, and Backroad), helping to solidify the area as a craft brew destination. They're located in
the “buckle” of the “Beer Belt” that stretches from Southwestern Michigan, around Lake Michigan, up through Illinois, and into Wisconsin.
Figure Eight is named after a knot used in sailing and rock climbing. Aside from crafting great beer, rock climbing is their passion. This knot is used to tie the safety rope to the climber’s harness. An aesthetically
pleasing knot, when turned on its side, it looks like the symbol for infinity. They hold true to their passions, as they take Figure Eight Brewing to the limits.
Their philosophy is simple. “Harness your F8 (fate)”. Life is short and time is fleeting. If we wait too long to pursue our dreams, then we may never have the chance. As John Barrymore once said – “A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.”
Taking on the challenges of pursuing their dreams often begs the question. Why? When asked why he climbed mountains, Mallory once said – “If you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it. That the struggle is of life itself, upward and forever upward, then you won’t see why we go.” What we get from this adventure is sheer joy. And joy is the pursuit of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to enjoy life!
Those at Figure Eight Brewing hope that everyone is enjoying life and thattheir brews might further that goal!