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Good news if you like custom brews: CDA Brewing Co. folks move to Spokane

Today's major brewing-business story is the announcement by the Gages and the Wellses to open River City Brewing, essentially a Spokane version of its popular Coeur d'Alene Brewing Co.

The daily story is right here.

We were challenged to add extra information, so here it is, compliments of Gage Stromberg, who will help run the show with his brother Spencer, and his parents, Ron and Julie Wells, in the Eldridge Building, on the west edge of downtown Spokane.

A former brewer at Coeur d’Alene Brewing, Cody Ragan, will become the new head brewer for River City.

The company will do just keg beer to start, but will have smaller kegs and growlers available for purchase at the brewery. That is planned for Fridays, from 3 to 6 pm.  The family owns bottling equipment but is not planning to set it up yet.

While the SteamPlant owners have in the past produced two of the CDA Brewery favorites, that won't continue, said Stromberg.

“No one else has the right to make our beers, or use our names/labels, etc.,” he said.

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