on Thursday, August 18, 2016
Wow. Wow. And WOW! From the last time I had been in the Wonder Bread building to the visit and tour we had with owner Dave Morgan, there has been some awesome progress made in the development of SingleSpeed Brewing’s new site in downtown Waterloo. With the approval of historic tax credits from the State Historic Preservation Office, the construction phase commenced quickly.
Because of the historic preservation, the building is being restored to what it looked like in the 1950s, so you’ll see large windows on the front and back of the building. The main entry will be at the corner of Commercial and 3rd Street, and you can see a rendering of that entry below.
Through the historic preservation process, and the LEED certification process, there has been quite a bit of reuse. Dave showed us some of the original flooring that will be used to create tables. They are using some of the original conveyer belt to make bicycle parking. As much of the original building as possible is being kept as it was when bread was being baked in it.
The crew that was with us when we filmed this episode nearly doubled from other episodes, as there’s quite a bit of curiosity surrounding what’s happening inside the walls of this building. For our group, the most exciting things were the following:
- The new windows, which will really change the completion of the building and that entire block.
- The “proofing lounge” which is a nod to the old proofing room. Proofing is the final rise of shaped bread dough before baking, and as you would expect, there was a HUGE space that was used when bread was being baked there.
- The brewing capacity is greatly increased with the move to the new space.
- The beer garden, which is on the side of the building closest to Young Arena, is a covered outdoor space that will feature a stage, its own bar and food service.
- As shown in the episode and photo above, there is a large space set aside to brew some wild ales and sour beers. There is only one place crafting these beers here in Iowa (one oak barrel at a time) and SingleSpeed will have the opportunity to brew six or eight at a time.
We couldn't be more excited to show you the progress on this great new addition to downtown Waterloo. You can certainly follow along with us and also see SingleSpeed in person. They’ll be featured on Main Street Waterloo’s Tour de ‘Loo, which is planned for Thursday, October 6. More information about that will be coming soon!
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- Aaron Buzza, Waterloo Convention & Visitors Bureau
Photo Credit: SingleSpeed Brewing.
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