Assuming that work progresses on the most recent schedule, Elizabeth Brewing Co. will open for business in September, after delays in construction prevented the planned August opening. Emily Briggs, …
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Assuming that work progresses on the most recent schedule, Elizabeth Brewing Co. will open for business in September, after delays in construction prevented the planned August opening.
Emily Briggs, a member of the development group behind the brewery taking shape on Main Street in Elizabeth, said the construction didn't quite go as planned, but it is still moving forward so the business can open next month.
The brewery will be located in the historic Carlson Building, and Briggs said adapting the 1890s-era building required additional work.
“We plan to but the brewery on the first floor and set up a taproom on the second floor,” Briggs said. “We found we had to work out a way to strengthen the floor on the first floor to make it strong enough to support the brewing equipment. We have the design and have applied for the building permit from the city and once we get that we will begin work.”
The Carlson Building was constructed in the 1890s. Not a lot of information about the building's history is available. Research information from the Elizabeth Library indicates the building had a variety of uses. For example, it was the Watt and Worthinham General Merchandise store that also sold farm machinery. It was also once home to the Elizabeth Library. Research indicates that in the 1960s and 1970s it was home to artist George Carlson. He was a sculptor and had his studio on the main floor. Later it was a coffee shop, bar and, at one time, it was the offices of the Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce.
“There will, of course, be a bar in the taproom, there will be seating at the bar, plus we will have tables set up around the room,” Briggs said. “The room isn't huge, but the occupancy limit for the building is 64, which will include staff and customers.”
Once Elizabeth Brewing Company is up and running Briggs said plans are to have eight microbrews on tap.
“We plan to have five brews that are always available, like a pale ale, a brown and a red,” she said. “We also plan to have three brews that will change with the seasons.”
The brewery is a family project. Emily said her brother Tony has talked about starting a brewery in Elizabeth for a while.
“We got together as a family and decided it was time to make it happen,” Emily said. “Together we decided the Carlson Building would be a good location and began working to make it happen.”
The building is a registered historic structure and the family wants to preserve that heritage, so no modifications are planned on the outside of the building.
Briggs did say that plans are to level an area adjacent to the building to provide convenient parking for customers.
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