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SideDish – Colorado Springs Independent

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Not-yet-18-month-old Smiling Toad Brewery (smilingtoadbrewery.com) has become the latest local nano outfit to expand quickly. The Toad has moved from the 900-square-foot, half-barrel brewery at 3668 E. Bijou St. (also the former Kevin Baity Kraft Beers) to 1757 S. Eighth St., #100. The new location, which opened last Friday, features a three-barrel system (formerly on loan to Red Leg Brewing) and enough space to take the Toad’s seating capacity from 10 to 48.

“I’ve always wanted to get bigger,” says co-owner Biff Morehead. “The support we’ve received from the community is what’s made us able to move

[so soon].”

Adding to its repertoire of beers like the Toad Lick IPA, and Bella Lavender, Smiling Toad tapped lemon-peppercorn, chili-lime and cherry stout brews last weekend. The brewery now keeps 10 of its own taps running (with one soon to be devoted to a local guest tap), and Morehead says he’s planning to begin bottling for in-house sales at some point, as well as launching keg distribution.

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