Our Town: SingleSpeed Brewing Company keeps Wonder Bread history alive

Published: Aug. 4, 2017 at 12:08 PM CDT
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The Wonder Bread bakery building in downtown Waterloo has stood on Commercial Street for 90 years. It was in production until 2012, but when it closed a group searched for a way to keep its history alive.

That’s when “Friends of the Waterloo Wonder Bread Building approached SingleSpeed Brewing founder Dave Morgan.

“They wanted to talk to me about potentially coming in, renovating the building, and using all or part of it for a brewery,” Morgan said.

That’s just what he did. After a lot of paperwork and 18 months of renovations the brewery opened in April on historical property. If you take a walk through, you can see hints of the factory throughout.

SingleSpeed is a full restaurant and functional brewery. It houses a dining room, beer garden, beer hall, and all of it is also kid friendly.

“While we’re working on the restaurant side of things, our brew squad is working on the brewing side of things,” Morgan said.

The brew house has 20 barrels with the brewers putting in 10 to 12 hours a day to make the product.

“There’s a lot of creativity you can have kinda all across the board with certain beer style or beer recipe or whatever, us personally we like to do what we consider hybrid ales,” Head Brewer Austin Myers said.

Myers said in the last year the brewery produced about 300 barrels, but this year in a week alone it can produce 100. Morgan said he expects the company to expand statewide by the end of this year.