Veracious Brewing Co. in Monroe to close

MONROE — It’s last call for craft beer lovers in Monroe, as Veracious Brewing Company will close its doors at the end of May.

The popular brewery, known for its dog-friendly atmosphere and its offerings such as 29 Pews will close on May 28 according to co-owner Mark Szamatulski. Maltose Express, Szamatulski’s other business, which sells brewing kits and hops for at-home brewing, is also closing.

Szamatulski said he would cherish the memories, but it was time to retire.

“We’ve been working for 32 years,” he said. “It’d be nice to have weekends off and I think we’ve put our time in.”

Szamatulski said another company was moving in and taking over the space. At first, he said he planned to look for a new location, but soon realized that wouldn’t be possible.

“They wanted the whole building, and we were looking for a place to buy, but we couldn’t find a place locally that we could get into,” he said. “And we made a financial deal with them to leave a little early. So it was fine for both us and them.”

He said he had looked into buying a local building to set up his operation again, but he couldn’t find the right building.

“It’s hard to start a brewery. You need a lot of different things,” he said. “You need patios, kitchens. We bid on a couple buildings, it just didn’t work out.”

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