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New brewpub coming to Mosinee

North Abbey plans to open downtown on New Year's Eve

7:11 PM, Sep. 7, 2013  |  Comments
Business partners Chad Hoffer, left, and Greg Sperry stand outside what will be North Abbey Brewing Company, Friday, in Mosinee.
Business partners Chad Hoffer, left, and Greg Sperry stand outside what will be North Abbey Brewing Company, Friday, in Mosinee.
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A new microbrewery and pub will settle into downtown Mosinee by the end of the year.

North Abbey Brewing Co. is expected to open on Dec. 31 at 401 Fourth St., in the building that formerly was occupied by Discount Liquidators.

Chad Hoffer, who owns the brewpub along with three business partners, said North Abbey will produce and sell microbrews created by himself and each of his co-owners along with having them on tap, akin to Red Eye Brewing Co., Bull Falls Brewery and the Great Dane in Wausau.

"I have a lot of beer recipes that I've entered in contests and we, as a club, have been racking up a few medals here and there. Multiple people have said we should open up a brewery, but it's not something that you just jump into," said Hoffer; he is the president of the Bull Falls Brewers Home Brewing Club and has been making home brews for more than 20 years. "We're all going to take turns and make our favorite beers so that we have a big selection to offer people."

Hoffer said he has been looking for the right location for the brewery and restaurant for about six years.

"We originally wanted to set up in an old church, which is where we got the name for the business, but it was just too small," he said. "When we found the building we ended up purchasing, it was like 'ta-da!' It's a great location and has some great history to it."

Hoffer and his partners have already begun renovations on the building, which include restoring the brick, replacing windows, removing tile flooring and outdated paneling from the walls and constructing a rooftop deck.

The microbrewery will most likely sell only beer when they first open, he said, but hopes to have the brewery selling pub food such as burgers, sandwiches, pizzas and steaks by next spring.

"The craft beer industry is so incredible. So many different breweries have been helping us get started," Hoffer said. "Each craft brewery that opens up points people in the direction of craft beers and gives people the taste of something new."

To keep up with the brewery's progress, visit northabbey.com or North Abbey Brewing Co. on Facebook.

What's up with Kocourek Subaru?

A local car dealership has relocated from Schofield to Wausau's north side.

Kocourek Subaru, 1810 Schofield Ave., closed its Schofield lot Aug. 24 and reopened Aug. 26 at 2600 N. 20th Ave., Wausau, according to posts on the dealership's Facebook page.

The dealership is celebrating its re-grand opening through the end of the month with cookouts, including one on Sept. 21, a pet adoption day on Sept. 14 and registration for prize giveaways.

Construction on the new store began last November and was completed last month, according to the site.

Kocourek Subaru's sales floor is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, visit kocoureksubaru.com.

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