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Brewery grand opening set for Monday

Copper Trail Brewing Company, owned by Dave Gibbons and Adam Graf, will host its grand opening Monday, Dec. 26. (Contributed)

Craft beer lovers rejoice! Alexandria's first brewery in 70 years will open next week.

Copper Trail Brewing Company, in the Willow Creek complex along 30th Avenue East in Alexandria, will host its grand opening Monday, Dec. 26.

Co-owners Dave Gibbons and Adam Graf, who are 2005 graduates of Jefferson High School, are excited to bring craft beer to the Alexandria area. They are working hard to get their brew operations up and running.

"This is definitely an exciting time for us," Gibbons said. "For our grand opening, we will be featuring our Nut Brown and Irish Blonde and by the end of next week, we plan to have our IPA and Scottish Wee Heavy on tap also."

Although the brewery won't be serving any food, Gibbons said snacks such as kettle chips and pretzels will be available for purchase. He also said, "Keep in mind that we will be able to allow food from food trucks or food can be delivered from local businesses into our facility."

For the week of Dec. 26-31, Copper Trail Brewing Company will be open from 4 to 10 p.m. each day. They will be closed on Sunday, January 1.

For more information on the brewery, visit its website at or look them up on Facebook at Copper Trail Brewing Company.

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

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