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YANKTON, SD (KELO) – What started out as a garage brewery, has now grown into a historic building in downtown Yankton.
John Shelso and Rita Jensen-Shelso are visiting Yankton this week and have decided to stop off at one of Yankton’s last remaining businesses – Backspace Brewing Co.
“We just drive downtown and on the bike path and saw the sign and thought it looked like a nice new place to try and that’s what we did, and really good beer,” said Rita Jensen-Shelso visiting Yankton.
“I didn’t even know it was here, the prices are good, the people are great, the weather is fabulous for the bike, it’s a win, a win, a win,” said John Shelso on a visit to Yankton.
Backspace Brewing opened to the public in January.
Before moving to downtown Yankton, it all started small.
“I met Tyler through his parents, I work with them in my other job and they introduced us once,” said Backspace Brewing Company owner Chris Allington. “He wanted to learn how to brew all the grains, that’s the way you do it professionally, where you grind your own grain wheat, so one weekend we had a weekend off, we basically set up his garage. in home brewery and started making beers there.
Eventually, they decided that starting their own business was the next step they wanted to take.
“At first it just started out as something fun, just making a different beer that I would like to try, then it progressed, hey that’s actually pretty good, we were looking to create a different lifestyle for us. ourselves and quit our jobs and start our own business, ”said Backspace Brewing Company owner, brewer, Tyler Schindler.
But it was not without challenges.
“This is happening in the middle of a pandemic, kind of a delay as well, we thought we would be open last summer, but with the way the pandemic has affected things with the SBA and the various bank funding, the delays on the equipment, have pushed us back to this year. Said Allington.
Now Backspace Brewing has been open for a few months.
Located in the Meridian district, this building also has a unique history. Over the past few years, many different businesses have made this location their home.
“More recently it was a laundry mat, a bike store, a gym,” Schindler said. “This building was once a brewery in 1901, it was bought by Fred Schwenk and Martin Barth and it continued to be a brewery until 1917, that’s when Prohibition hit here, and they tried making NA drinks for a year, then making industrial alcohol during WWII, but other than that it was the end of it.
“To bring that story back and be in the same space, but put your own twist on it, it’s really fun,” Allington said.
And that twist includes creating unique beers that anyone can enjoy.
“The ideas for the beers are honestly very spontaneous, we don’t have a very specific process, we base it on the season and what we think is relatable, we really want to make beers affordable,” Owner Backspace Brewing Company, Says Trace Millage.
“Right now we’ve got crisp blueberry beer, we’ve got lime pie beer, we’ve made peaches and strawberries, we’re making more traditional beers like lagers,” Allington said.
Finally, the owners say they would like to grow and develop in the future, but for now, they want to continue to be present in the community.
“For the immediate future, we just want to ground ourselves in the community, we really want to volunteer, whatever we can do to get involved in the community,” Millage said.
As for these new customers, they plan to come back and encourage others to do the same.
“If people came to Yankton it would be a great place for them,” said John Shelso.
One project the owners are working on is to help raise money for the local VFW, which has had its own struggles during the pandemic. They created a lager for the VFW and now, until the beginning of July, for every pint sold at the brewery, they will donate $ 2.