Journeyman Distillery launching Sea of Monsters brewery, hires award-winning head brewer

Journeyman Distillery plans to soon launch its Sea of Monsters craft brewery at its new American Factory campus in Valparaiso and hired an award-winning brewer to run the operation.

The distillery, which Valpo native Bill Welter and his wife Johanna Welter founded in Three Oaks in Southwest Michigan in 2010, has been adding onto its recently opened $40 million campus in the former Anco windshield wiper factory in Valparaiso, which includes a distillery, tasting room, wedding venues and the Union Hall restaurant. It plans to launch Sea of Monsters craft brewery this summer.

Journeyman Distillery at 258 S Campbell St in Valparaiso hired Greg Winget to craft the debut line of craft beers that will feature “hyper-local ingredients and whiskey inspiration.”

Journeyman, which won ASCOT’s Whiskey of the Year award-winner in 2022 and 2023, hired Wignet, a former journalist and copywriter who became a craft brewer and has amassed a decade of experience.

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He earned a craft brewing certificate from Wake Technical College in North Carolina after getting his start in the business on the beer sales and distribution end. He worked at Big Boss Brewing and Fortnight Brewing Company before becoming brewery director at Wye Hill Brewing.

He crafted more than 100 beers and won many awards, including Gold Medals at the North Carolina Brewers Cup and the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

He will helm Sea of Monsters, which will have a standalone beer bar in the American Factory campus. The brewery’s 10-barrel system, which was made in Wisconsin, will be visible at the bar and in the Union Hall Restaurant so guests can watch the beer being brewed.

The brewery’s name was inspired by early maritime explorers and mythic creatures from the deep. Its slogan is “Face Your Fears.”

Sear of Monsters will make IPAs, stouts, porters and barrel-aged beers that will be steep in Journeyman’s whiskey barrels and use similar mash builds as its whiskies. The new craft brewery also will make its own versions of beer styles from across the globe and resurrect ancient recipes.

Its craft beer will exclusively be served on the premises, at least initially.

For more information, visit or find the business on Facebook or Instagram. 

Beer Geeks, one of the Region’s first, most beloved and most influential craft beer bars, closed after more than a decade and is being reimagined as a new concept.

The landmark 88-year-old castle-shaped White Castle in Whiting is coming down to be replaced with a newer, larger, more modern White Castle restaurant. 

A longtime staple in downtown Crown Point poured its last drink.

The longtime Westforth Sports gun shop is closing.

The Silver Line Building Products plant at 16801 Exchange Ave. will be shuttered permanently.

Brewfest in Highland will close in what’s been called “an end of an era.”

David’s Bridal filed for bankruptcy and could close all stores if no buyer emerges to save it.

The 88-year-old Whiting White Castle will be remembered with displays at museums in two different states.

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For years, the “millionaire’s club” met every morning in the corner booth of the historic 88-year-old White Castle at Indianapolis Boulevard and 119th Street in downtown Whiting. The landmark restaurant served its final slider Tuesday. 

One of Northwest Indiana’s most popular and enduring hobby shops is looking for a buyer after the longtime owner died.

J&L This N That Consignment Shop, a popular thrift store, closed in downtown Whiting after a run of several years.

A Calumet Region institution, Calumet Fisheries on the far South Side of Chicago, is temporarily closed after failing a city health inspection.

Just days after reopening after city health inspectors shut it down, Calumet Fisheries suffered a major fire.

Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant is no mas in Valparaiso.

Beer Geeks in Highland rebranded as B-Side Bar & Lounge and then closed within a few months.

Troubled retailer Bed Bath and Beyond will permanently close its Valparaiso location as it shutters more stores nationwide as it looks to restructure and shrink its footprint to save the struggling business.

Peoples Bank has shuttered its branch in downtown Hammond. 

Viking Artisan Ales will soon pour its last craft beer at its Merrillville taproom.

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom is closing after 15 years at one of Northwest Indiana’s most prominent highway interchanges.

Walmart is closing its big-box store in Homewood.

The Chicago Auto Show, the nation’s largest auto show, returns to McCormick Place Saturday, running through Feb. 19.

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