Sunnyside brewery unveils progress

An architect’s rendering of what the new Varietal Beer Company in Sunnyside will look like from the street.

Meier Architecture and Engineering
An architect’s rendering of what the new Varietal Beer Company in Sunnyside will look like from the street.


Varietal Beer partners, from left, Chris Baum, John Cope and Chad Roberts, visit Friday.

— Any day now, the state liquor and cannabis board will issue the liquor permit and the Varietal Beer Company brew masters will launch into full time brewing.

“We’re pretty excited about that, and about the remodel of our new brewery,” one of the Varietal partners, Chad Roberts said Friday,

Roberts, Chris Baum and John Cope gave the community a preview of what the brewery, at the corner of South Fifth Street and East Edison Ave., formerly the Funny Farm Liquor Store.

The building has undergone a complete remodel and will become home to a brew operations room, a tap room and an outside beer garden.

Architect Ed Luebben of Meir Architecture and Engineering, said his design will pay homage to the building’s rich history, with the use of corrugated and instructional design elementary.

“We are overjoyed with the opportunity to find a place in Sunnyside,” Roberts said.

He and Baum have both worked at Snipes Mountain Brewery. Baum currently works as a brewer at Bale Breaker Brewery. Partner John Cope handles the marketing and design for Varietal Brewery.

The brewery project was aided in large part by the Port of Sunnyside, which purchased the former Funny Farm building last June. The funding for the development included a $300,000 state Community Economic Revitalization Board grant and a $400,000 20-year loan, Port Executive Director Jay Hester said.

The brewery, which is expected to be completed within the year, is part of the port’s downtown revitalization efforts.

Two blocks away, Co Dinn Winery, another port project, will host its grand opening Saturday.

It marks the culmination of a year-long project to remodel another community landmark – the 1930 City Water Works building at the corner of South Fifth Street and Grant Avenue.

“It isn’t often we get to remodel and retrofit tow old buildings, never in the same town,” Luebben said “It is a very exciting project.”


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