A group of guys in Henderson are building up to drink it down. The city’s first microbrewery is still a work-in-progress, as they look at a late-spring opening.
It’s a good lesson that good things come to those who wait. It’s been a long time coming for Doug Laramie, the head brewer, who had his doubts this day would ever come.
“It was kind of a rollercoaster ride,” Laramie says. “That first down-hill is so quick!”
A shotgun building made of brick is the new home of Henderson Brewing Co. It’s just off 2nd and N. Alvasia Street. It is the first journey for Laramie and his buddies, making beer for more than just their own bellies.
Laramie started brewing 7 years ago on a table-top kit. He says that first batch was hardly drinkable. “I drank it because I made it,” he says proudly.
Safe to say, practice makes perfect. He has gone from making 5 gallons to a little over 100 gallons at a time. His passion has bloomed into a set of much bigger stainless-steel tanks.
Laramie and the Henderson Brewing Co. will start with four core ales. He says they will introduce lagers later because they take a more intensive brewing process. The crew is keeping the four styles a secret for now, but you can expect their names to pay homage to the history of Henderson.
They are still rebuilding the taproom after a complete gut and waiting for their brewing license from the state before yeast can start fermenting. Laramie says it’ll take about 6 weeks to make his first batch for opening day.
Their idea was born just 7 months ago with a group of guys getting together with a single goal. “We left with an assignment to bring back to the next meeting,” Laramie says. “It’ll never happen,” he remembers thinking.
Guess what? Good things come to those who wait. Two months after their first meeting they closed on the building and helped change Henderson zoning ordinances to allow breweries.
“I should pinch myself thinking it’s a dream” Laramie says.
Maybe it should be, good things come to those who work.
“I do know how to make beer,” Laramie smiles. “I know how to make pretty darn good beer.”
(This story was originally published February 16, 2018)