RHINELANDER - The first batch of showed up at Rhinelander Brewery Thursday. This moves Rhinelander a step closer to brewing beer here for the first time since the 1960s. Thursday the brewery got its brew kettle, six fermenters and a storage tank.
The brewery will have a ten tap system and wants five of the beers to be made in Rhinelander. The rest will come from a brewery in Monroe that currently brews its beer. "Really excited that it's coming to fruition and the people have been waiting a long time for us to be making beer here. We're going to make some small batch craft beer," said Rhinelander Brewery gift shop manager Brenda O' Rourke.
Right now the brewery is open as a gift shop. The new brewery is just a few feet away from its original store. The brewery has pretty much everything it needs to open around February. It's just waiting for its permits to get approved and to wrap up final touches on construction.
RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Police Department identified the man who died after a house fire on Friday night as 35-year-old Jeffery J. Becker.
Rhinelander Fire Chief Terry Williams told Newswatch 12 on Monday afternoon that an autopsy indicates Becker died from smoke inhalation, but the autopsy results and further investigation is now in the hands of the state Department of Criminal Investigations.
Crews responded to the house at 320 Rose Street, near Hodag Park, around 7:30 p.m. Friday. Firefighters went inside the house soon after they arrived and found Becker unresponsive on the floor. Firefighters and paramedics tried to revive Becker, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
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