NEW RICHMOND -- Lift Bridge Brewing will be expanding across the river, opening a taproom in New Richmond.
The building at 1280 Madison Avenue is currently being remodeled, and the taproom is set to open on May 1, Cofounder Brad Glynn said.
“With a whole fresh look to the facility, and some awesome Lifter beers on tap and beers that you can’t get anywhere except the New Richmond taproom,” he said.
The brewery has been looking at expansion options for the last several years, and now coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, is looking to expand production capability.
Lift Bridge will be renting space from collaborator Big Watt Beverage Co. for the taproom, and a production facility.
They were drawn by the way the western Wisconsin area is currently booming, Glynn said. New Richmond and other cities in the area are focused on growing their industrial areas, he said, and see the value in businesses like breweries.
“It’s a great area,” he said. “It’s already supporting a super vibrant industrial group of businesses, including a distillery>”
The 1,200-square-foot taproom will accommodate 60 guests inside, an outdoor patio will have room for an additional 48 guests.
Lift Bridge features both beer and soda products, and will also be offering coffee products from Big Watt. Glynn is looking forward to the opportunity to collaborate more with the company.
Food services will start about a month or so after the taproom starts. Until then, food trucks and local restaurants will be featured.
In Stillwater, Lift Bridge has been a community center, hosting nonprofits and community events and serving as a destination for family and friends. Glynn said they want to provide the same thing in New Richmond.
“We hope to be a great, solid member of the community and support a lot of area organizations and nonprofits like we’ve done in Stillwater,” he said. “And also just provide another great meet spot for families to come in and enjoy some delicious beer.”