One of the great things about organizing an event like the Aug. 20 Craft Brew & Sausage is seeing the return of people and brewers that helped kick things off at last year's inaugural brew fest. One such returning brewery is Loop Brewing Co., which hails from McCook. We're thrilled to have Loop returning again this year, and bringing some of their delicious beers for everyone to sample as we all try to raise funds to preserve, restore and enhance the Grand Island Liederkranz. Especially because Loop Brewing Co. can sympathize with the Liederkranz' historical building restoration ambitions. The brewery's owners took on the monumental task of housing their operation in McCook's historic railroad icehouse, which once brought the finest ice to that town and her residents as early as the 1900s. The same ice was also used to keep perishables and great tasting beer cold to and from Chicago. There is some nice symmetry to its history and that it again houses home-crafted beers. This rustic and unique structure sits only a couple of feet away from an active railway. "We don't have an exact date that it was built," said the Loops, a husband and wife pair who are two of the three owners of the brewery, in an interview with the McCook Gazette. "But it's approximately 100 years old... It's been a warehouse since the mid-1980s." And just like beer and sausage go well together, so too does beer and pizza, the latter pairing was the simple idea that brought Adam Siegfried's pizza and Tyler Sue and her husband Tyler Ray Loop's craft beers to join forces in 2011 to open Loop Brewing Co. The Craft Brew & Sausage Fest couldn't be happier to have a participant like the Loop Brewing Company return, with its own stewardship of an vital historic building. Check them both out on Aug. 20 in Grand Island's Railside (formerly Downtown). Loop Brewing Co. makes a range of great beers, including a Pale Ale, an IPA, an Irish Red Ale, a Brown Ale, a Cask Ale, a Porter, a Stout and seasonal brews, a couple of which will be available for sampling at the Grand Island Liederkranz on Sept. 12.
Photo by McCook Gazette -- Loop Brewing Co. owners Adam Siegfried (left) and Tyler Sue Loop (center) and Tyler Ray Loop (right), all of McCook.