Something's brewing

The small town of Wadena welcomes a business typically only found in densely populated regions like the Twin Cities.

The former Coast-to-Coast building as shown in May 2018 was soon to be remodeled into Drastic Measures Brewing now planned to open in February. Michael Johnson/Pioneer Journal

The former Coast-to-Coast building as shown in May 2018 was soon to be remodeled into Drastic Measures Brewing now planned to open in February. Michael Johnson/Pioneer Journal

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Brett Doebbeling, owner of Drastic Measures Brewing. Michael Denny/Wadena Pioneer Journal

Brett Doebbeling, owner of Drastic Measures Brewing. Michael Denny/Wadena Pioneer Journal

Drastic Measures Brewing is coming closer to completion with a planned February grand opening.

For several months, owner Brett Doebbeling, has been hard at work organizing the construction and renovation process. Transforming a hardware store into a cool, modern brewery complete with a taproom and canning equipment is no simple task. Doebbeling has spent the initial winter months doing installation, cleaning, and in general, bringing together all aspects of operating a brewing facility. Recently the basement area was cleaned and set-up for brewing. Tanks that were being stored in an offsite storage facility finally found their way into the century old building. Images of the metallic tanks garnered much enthusiasm when they were posted to Drastic Measures Brewing Facebook page.

Tanks have been recently installed, pushing the new business closer to opening. Photo courtesy of Brett Doebbeling

Tanks have been recently installed, pushing the new business closer to opening. Photo courtesy of Brett Doebbeling

Renovation work is underway and Doebbeling has been busy adding new additions to the facility. Photo courtesy of Brett Doebbeling

Renovation work is underway and Doebbeling has been busy adding new additions to the facility. Photo courtesy of Brett Doebbeling

A great deal of work needs to be completed before the doors open. According to Doebbeling, electrical and plumbing work need to be finished, then a final inspection by the state needs to be conducted. Once the inspection is passed, his first batch will require two to three weeks of brewing, then two to three weeks of preliminary preparation for a grand opening. Doebbeling is aiming for the third or fourth weekend of February for his opening.

"The hardest part of business is the little things." said Doebbeling about his new brewing enterprise. 

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