MOORHEAD - It looks like it will be November before you can hoist a cold brew at Swing Barrel Brewing Company.

Concrete work was recently finished in the basement of 814 Center Ave. for the brewhouse, co-owner Sean Syverson said Monday, Sept. 16. Drywall goes up next, he said.

“We’re kind of at the mercy of the guys who do that sort of thing,” Syverson said as renovations and rebuilding continue at the Wright Building.

In May, Syverson said he and his business partner, John Kapla, had hoped to have the craft brewery opened by August or September.

Syverson began brewing beer while he was working as a teacher in Seoul, South Korea.

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“The local beer in Korea wasn’t my favorite,” Syverson said back in May.


His college buddy, Kapla, was also brewing his own.

“We both started throwing the idea around. It’s been growing ever since. Now it’s coming to fruition,” Syverson said. “We’re getting close to the finish line. We’re not quite there yet.”

The Wright Building renovation is a project of Moorhead developer Andy Skatvold.

In July, Skatvold said he expected to spend $2 million revamping the building.

The front of the building will house Swing Barrel in 4,800 square feet on the first floor and basement. The first floor will be the taproom and the basement will hold the brewhouse and storage.

The second floor will have a 2,500 square foot, four-bedroom, three-bath apartment.

The rear of the building, which was torn down and rebuilt, will house dog-grooming and massage therapy businesses, Skatvold said July 17.

“The building was too nice of a shell to tear down,” the lifelong Moorhead resident said.

“It’s time for Moorhead to get new businesses and new people living in downtown,” Skatvold said.