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Crooked Tooth Brewing Co.

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Crooked Tooth Brewery

Ben Vernon, co-owner of Crooked Tooth Brewing Co., pulls nails from pallets that will be used to make furniture for the new brewery space at 228 E. Sixth St.

Crooked Tooth Brewing Co.

Having cleared zoning requirements to turn the old Charlie’s Auto Repair shop at 228 E. Sixth St. into a 2,400-square-foot microbrewery just last month, owners Ben and Julie Vernon and Armando and JoDee Basurto hope to open this summer with a 10-barrel system.

Among the things Ben Vernon says will set their place apart is a 1,400-square-foot patio as well as art and decor largely made by local artists and friends. “It’s gonna be a sweet spot,” he says.

And, of course, there’s the beers. One offering will be the Dwarvish Ale, which Vernon says “is kind of what I feel like dwarves drink.

“You know, you’re living in Middle Earth, you got this gnarly beer, and big muscles, and you work with hammers and nails all day. It’s a dark red ale that’s high in alcohol, malty, oaky finish, earthy hops, nice white head. I’ve turned a lot of hop-heads on to drinking this,” Vernon says, including his wife and business partner Julie.


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