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Textile Brewing Company will open a site in Atkins this spring

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – Textile Brewing Company of Dyersville is expanding with a new location in Atkins. The brewery also already has a bar in Cascade. For Atkins, the brewery will mean a second option for dining out.

The town of about 2,000 people sits less than 20 miles west of Cedar Rapids and has been growing steadily.

“Just in the last 10 years, we have grown by 23%,” explained Kate Robertson, executive director of Benton Development Group.

Robertson helped apply for a $100,000 Community Catalyst grant through the state to help turn an old apartment building on Main Avenue in Atkins into a Textile Tap Haus. The City of Atkins then matched the amount through cash and in-kind contributions.

“It will be the bar,” stressed Preston Geerts. Geerts will be the manager of Textile Tap Haus at Atkins.

“I’m really looking forward to meeting the people here,” he said.

The brewery will feature 20 taps as well as cider options and a 30-foot-long bar. There will also be food. The brewery is known for its pretzels and flatbread pizzas. It will become a second option for locals and others to eat out.

“The city really needs a place where people can go, families can come together and I think this was a really good opportunity for us,” said Tom Olberding, owner of Textile Brewing Company.

Developer Brian Bock of Iowa Main Street Investments said the building needed a total gut, but they’re working through the winter and plan to have it finished in the spring.

“Once that’s done, it’ll be something you know when friends or neighbors come into the community, where are you going,” Bock said.

The brewery puts the city on tap for more growth, with a new gathering place.

“I think it’s probably tripled in size in the last 15 years, so there’s definitely a need here,” Olberding said.

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