Microbrewery planned for former post office


Larry Beilke is pictured with kegs at his Tractor Lift Brewery in this 2016 photo. Beilke and Don Olson have purchased the old post office building on Taft Street from the city, with hopes of remodeling it into the new home for Tractor Lift. Humboldt Independent file photo by Phil Monson.

By KENT THOMPSON
A local small business looking to expand, has plans to remodel the former Humboldt Post Office building at 30 Taft St. N.
On Monday night, following a public hearing, the Humboldt City Council on a 4-0 vote (Councilman Joel Goodell was not in attendance) agreed to accept an offer to purchase the property at 30 Taft St. N. from developers Don Olson and Larry Beilke. The purchase price is for $1.
Humboldt City Administrator Travis Goedken reported that while he fielded calls and discussed the former post office building with several parties, the request to purchase from Olson and Beilke was the only one received.
Beilke started and has operated the Tractor Lift Brewery since 2015. He said he started beer-making as a hobby at his home. He started making larger quantities and opened a new location at 708 Sumner Ave.
According to their proposal, Olson and Beilke plan to use the old post office location for a microbrewery. Other investors will be brought in after the building is remodeled.
The city will be seeking a derelict building grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to help in asbestos and mold removal. The city will also be seeking a $100,000 community catalyst grant to help rehab the long abandoned building. Read more about this story in this week's Humboldt Independent. Subscribe by clicking on the link above.

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