The Historic Elston Grove District

60 miles Southeast of Downtown Chicago


After learning his way around the world of brewing in Chicago, Bavarian immigrant Philip Zorn Jr. established the P.H. Zorn Brewing Co. at this address in 1871. He became one of the largest brewers in the area, and served as President of the Indiana Brewer's Association. His success was put on hold when Prohibition was passed in 1919. Zorn hung on through the years by bottling soda, and reopened once Prohibition was appealed in 1933.  The brewery later changed its name to Dunes Brewery and was passed down to Philip's son Ron Zorn before closing in 1938. The building sat empty for decades, save for a brief stint as an office building in the 1970's. 


Barrelhouse at Zorn resides on the original brewery campus, which was partially reborn in 2016 as Zorn Brew Works. As an annex to the brewery, this building housed barrels prior to their distribution across the country. Though unoccupied, the original ice house, brewhouse, and malting building still stand across the street.

The Barrelhouse is being completely restored & renovated to include a large event hall, bridal suite/private dining room, outdoor patio and rental apartments. This industrial chic space features the original brickwork and historical touches, modernized to accommodate today's guests comfortably & luxuriously.  Available for weddings, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, baby showers, corporate events, birthday parties, galas, private dinners, retirements parties, Quinceañeras, art shows, and more.

The event hall can accommodate up to 170-190 seated for dinner, assuming there is a dance floor.  Up to 260 for a cocktail reception.

Now booking events in July 2020 and beyond.

113 York Street

Michigan City, IN 46360

(219) 243-7184

© 2020 by Barrelhouse at Zorn