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
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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