April 19, 2011
Brewmaster Brian Evitts and business partner Mike Ratkowski check on a recent batch at their Railhouse Brewery in downtown Aberdeen.
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Food service is the next big thing on tap at the Railhouse Brewery in Aberdeen. The town Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to approve a plan that would allow the microbrewery to serve food at its 105 E. South St. location.
The village had obtained $400,000 in federal and state grants to help Aberdeen-based Railhouse Brewery renovate the 1895 building. But Wilkison said the village recently learned that Railhouse was unable to obtain the necessary funding for its part of the project.
“We’re still excited about the opportunity to see the steam plant be put to good use,” Assistant Village Manager Natalie Dean said. “It’s going to be a plus for us to have another restaurant in the village to serve residents and visitors.”
Brian Evitts and business partner Mike Ratkowski launched Railhouse Brewery last November. Their initial beers -- pale ale, honey wheat, brown ale and oatmeal stout -- are currently being brewed and served at Railhouse’s microbrewery and bar at 105 E. South St. in Aberdeen.