Photo: Jon Crook showcases work to date on old power plant building that will house Carroll Brewing Company
If you have taken a drive down Clark Street south of Highway 30 lately, you have seen a lot of work going on at the old power plant building at the intersection with 5th Street. General Manager of Carroll Brewing Company, Jon Crook, says they are excited about how the work is coming on the cleaning and renovation for the new brewery and tap room.
Crook says that just getting into the cleaning process has revealed some truly unique features and items that will then be incorporated into the décor.
Some of those antique pieces were found when they discovered an unknown area under the building that was filled with treasures from the early 1920s. Crook says they have a pretty aggressive timeline to get this work finished and into the business of brewing and selling their beers.
Their brewer, Nick Troe, and Crook went to China to visit the company building their equipment. This will be the first large-scale craft brewery the company outfits in the United States. Crook says this is a top-notch supplier and they are excited to see the pre-ordered equipment delivered in the second or third week of November.
Since the first batch of beer brewed at the new Carroll site won’t be expected until the end of January, Troe will be utilizing available space in a brewery at Clear Lake to start producing their beers this month for the December opening. Selection will be limited to about six beers for the opening, but will expand up to as many as 30 to 40 different beers throughout the year.
Plans are also in the works, and the construction in the building is being pre-done, to be able to offer entertainment options throughout the year. Crook says that they want to be good stewards in the community and to allocate a portion of their proceeds to local charitable causes, partially through some of these events. They will be hosting an invitation only meet-and-greet event in mid-November for a sampling of the first beers and then will hold an open house for the general public, most likely right after Thanksgiving. They also still have a limited amount of shares available in the investment pool, and anyone interested in investing or acquiring additional shares is encouraged to contact Crook prior to the pool closing date of Nov. 17. His contact information can be found below.
Jon Crook: 515-709-0030