GENOA – When Andrew Nordman and Brian Matejka were finally able to move their brewery business into a space in downtown Genoa, they celebrated with a keg and pizza.
Nordman and Matejka are the co-owners of Cademon Brewing, 217 W. Main St., Genoa, which moved into the former Prairie State Winery tasting room Aug. 1. The winery has since moved across the street.
The co-owners, who met while studying video game development at a technical college, are hoping to open by Oct. 1. They still need five licensing permits from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, state and local governments before they can open their doors.
“It’s a lot of sitting on our hands and waiting for approval from various regulatory bodies,” Nordman said.
When they do open, Cademon Brewing will have 40 seats and will serve 26 different types of beer as well as made-from-scratch root beer. They will have four fermenters and two carbonation tanks, one of which will be capable of producing up to 217 gallons in each batch, Nordman said. However, Cademon Brewing will not receive that large-scale tank until mid-November, Nordman said.
For now, both Nordman and Matejka are doing most of the renovations at their business themselves. A contractor was hired to renovate the bathroom, which will include a diaper changing station and comply with Americans with Disabilities Act standards.
The rest of the work, such as installing a 24-foot copper bartop and creating a rotating wheel with the Cademon logo at the bar, will be done by Nordman himself. Nordman was installing the copper top onto the bar Thursday and nicked his finger during the process.
“It’s exactly the way I want it to be,” he said. “I can’t blame anybody but myself if I don’t like it.”
Matejka said he plans to quit his job as a general manager at Panda Express in Rockford in two weeks so he can focus on the brewery. He currently commutes from the Rockford area to Genoa on his off days to help Nordman with construction.
“We’re both exhausted,” Matejka said
The building Cademon Brewing is occupying, is original to the city of Genoa, Nordman said. The squeaky floors and tin ceiling are at least 175 years old, he said.
Both Nordman and Matejka did not start out as beer aficionados. They both actually did not like the taste of beer until a friend suggested they start brewing their own. Since, they want to focus their business on educating people on various types craft beers, Matejka said.
“So much beer will be coming out of here,” Matejka said.