Less than a year after it was announced, Hold Fast Brewing opened today at a former fire station downtown.
A family venture led by sisters Carol and Susan McLeod, the 235 N. Kimbrough Ave. brewery’s noon launch represents a “five-year dream in the making,” Susan McLeod said.
“It’s been a whirlwind,” she said, speaking to Springfield Business Journal on-site shortly before the grand opening.
McLeod added she’s a “little excited” and a “little nervous” to see who visits on opening day, which times with the ninth annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival that starts today and continues tomorrow.
Three beers are on tap for the opening: Patio Pleaser, a golden ale; Boondock Brown, a chocolate malt, brown ale; and The Experience, a hoppy pale ale, she said.
The two-story, roughly 9,500-square-foot building housing the brewery previously was home to Fire Station No. 1. Prior to renovations, the building had long been vacant, SBJ previously reported.
McLeod said the team wanted to keep the the interior intact as much as possible during renovations.
“The subway tiles are originals,” she said. “The roll-up doors are original for the fire station.”
Stinson Building Co. served as general contractor for the renovation project designed by Hood-Rich Inc. An outdoor patio with space for a food truck vendor was built into the plans. Hold Fast officials this morning on Facebook posted City Butcher’s food truck would be on location for the grand opening.
The McLeods previously told SBJ they’re leasing the building from Jack Stinson for undisclosed terms. In April 2018, Stinson bought the building for $370,000 with plans for an unnamed brewery at the time.
Hold Fast Brewing is the latest brewery in a local craft beer scene that’s boomed since the 2011 launch of Mother’s Brewing Co. Joining Springfield Brewing Co., the longest in business locally, have been White River Brewing Co., Tie & Timber Beer Co., 4 by 4 Brewing Co. LLC, Lost Signal Brewing Co., Show-Me Brewing and Great Escape Beer Works LLC, the most recent to open before Hold Fast.
The Gochu LLC opened at Nixa food hall 14 Mill Market; HOA Management Specialists changed hands; and Chick-fil-A launched on the north side of Springfield.