HASTINGS - Hastings' thirst for a local brewery will soon be quenched with the grand opening weekend of Spiral Brewery in downtown Hastings April 20-22.
What can brewery patrons expect when they visit?
"Great beer is probably the most important one," said Amy Fox, one of the owners.
Owners Amy, Nick Fox, Jen Fox, Luke McGuire and Claire Sandahl have been working since August to get the building, located at 111 Second St. E., ready for patrons.
"We're really excited for people to try the beer for one, but I think when people get in here they'll quickly see that the space is really welcoming and warm and cool to hang out in," Amy said.
The team of entrepreneurs did as much of the work inside the building themselves, which included lots of demolition work in the beginning. Jen said they had some incredible help from friends and family.
One of the most challenging tasks completed by the group was the 1,700 square feet of tiling. Amy said each tile was about 6-by-6 inches making it quite time consuming.
"It was like extreme team bonding," Nick added.
Luckily, the group works well together and once the tiling was complete, they moved on to the painting, a little finish work and the decorating.
Amy said McGuire, Spiral's brewmaster, has been working tirelessly to prepare for the opening weekend. Six beers will be available including the T'wnie, Oliver's Grove, Downward Spiral, LeDuc Red IPA, The Bottoms and Hard Left Stout. There will also be non-alcoholic options like Kombucha, Nitro Cold Press and soda.
In addition to the beer names paying homage to the city of Hastings, some pieces within the taproom are centered around the rich history. In the seating area, all the table tops and benches were made from the original flooring inside the building. In order to get some of the equipment inside, parts of the floor joist were removed. Instead of tossing the wood, they decided to repurpose it with the help of local resident Corey Yoder, of The Grainary Designs.
"He has poured his heart and soul into all of this stuff," Amy said, also referring to the bar area he built.
Another piece of historical significance will be a few of the photos hanging on the wall. The brewery found old photos of the Hastings bridge from the Pioneer Room at City Hall. They were able to enlarge the photos which will be displayed in the taproom.
The opening of the brewery has been a long time coming with about four years of actively pursuing work to get it done. So with the opening finally in sight, it has been surreal.
"There are moments where it just becomes so real and you're like 'I can't believe we did this,'" Nick said.
Amy said they have been overwhelmed by the amount of excitement and support from the community and they are excited for people to visit.
The grand opening celebration will include some special activities or engagement throughout the weekend which will be announced as they become finalized. More information can be found on the Spiral Brewery Facebook page.