- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) - A street in downtown Hastings will soon welcome its second craft brewery.

The Hastings Tribune (https://bit.ly/1sCvDSw ) reports that Steeple Brewing announced last week that it signed a commercial lease on First Street and plans to open a taproom there by the end of the year.

The announcement comes after First Street Brewing began developing a space just two blocks away with the intent of opening in late summer.

Steeple founders Damen Heitmann, Anthony May and Thomas Kluver say they believe the breweries’ close proximity will benefit both of the businesses and grow the area as a destination.

“It elevates Hastings almost to craft beer status,” May said. “If you’re thinking about coming from Grand Island or Kearney or Lincoln or small towns in between, I’m not just going to have a beer at First Street or I’m not just going to have a beer at Steeple. I can hit up one and go to the other and then go back and get growers at both places and make a trip out of it.”

Steeple Brewing’s taproom will be accompanied by an unknown regional restaurant in the adjacent commercial space. The two companies are in the final stages of negotiation for the partnership.

Steeple Brewing plans to have seven beers on tap year-round as well as a few seasonal beverages. All of their beers have names that reference church culture. For example, the India pale ale is International Preacher, and the coffee stout is called Fellowship Hour.

“Those are the two places where people gather, right?” May said. “The bar and the church.”

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Information from: Hastings Tribune, https://www.hastingstribune.com

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