Menomonie Brewery Renovates, Opens in Old Train Depot
Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth |
More beer is on the horizon for Menomonites with the grand opening of Brewery Nønic scheduled for Jan. 19. This craft beverage project is located at 621 4th St W, formerly the Menomonie railroad depot. Owner Ryan Verdon has been working to renovate the space for months, bringing the old space back to life with a fresh coat of paint and finishes chosen to respect the building’s history.
“The journey to bringing this 1906 building that was probably pretty close to being given up on has been amazing and stressful and very hard and rewarding, but beer is still my thing.” – Ryan Verdon, Brewery Nønic
“The journey to bringing this 1906 building that was probably pretty close to being given up on has been amazing and stressful and very hard and rewarding, but beer is still my thing,” Verdon said. He’s most excited to get to pouring his concoctions.
Brewery Nønic will feature a selection of year-round brews, including an IPA Brut, a Milk Stout, and British ales. Four taps will be reserved for seasonal drinks using local ingredients, or experimental brews Verdon creates. He plans to keep some beers available in cask engines to serve at about room temperature, an old-fashioned approach to full-bodied beer. “You get all those subtle nuances on cask that you don’t when the beer is cold,” Verdon said.
“I’m always on the lookout for someone who has an extra surplus of, let’s say, cherries or whatever,” Verdon said. “We’ll call ‘em up and figure out a way to use them in the beer.”
In addition to eight taps, Verdon will tap two British cask beers at the grand opening event. He doesn’t want to ruin the surprise, but these limited-quantity beers will feature tasty local ingredients. Each cask only holds about 5 ½ gallons, making them a special treat for the day.
“It’s just a big, fun all-day party,” Verdon said. He’s working on arranging live music for the event. 52 Bakery will supply the event with fresh-baked pretzels, and Stacked eatery will offer good eats as well. In time, Verdon hopes to partner with local food trucks to offer patrons delicious meals to go along with their drinks.
Verdon aims to create a calm, social space where people can come together over a common love and give life to a place he has always loved. His passion for beer and for good conversation comes through in his admission: “I am most excited about just being able to pour and talk about beer.”
Brewery Nønic is open ahead of the grand opening event starting Jan 5. Regular hours of operation are Wednesday and Thursday 4pm-10pm and Friday-Sunday 11am-10pm. More information about Brewery Nønic is available online on Facebook or at www.brewerynonic.com