Five Shots: The Boiler Room, 4.8

Boiler Brewing Company, which has its brewing operation and tap room in the Grand Manse at 10th and P streets (shown here) is planning a second tap room in Village Gardens near 56th Street and Pine Lake Road.

Coming soon to southeast Lincoln: Another local craft brewer.

Boiler Brewing Company, which is in the Grand Manse at 10th and P streets, announced on its Facebook page over the weekend that it plans to open a satellite tap room in the Village Gardens development at 56th Street and Pine Lake Road.

In an interview Monday, tap room manager Thad Aerts said Boiler Brewing will be taking over a space at 5800 Hidcote Drive that used to be a daycare.

He said the brewery hopes to be open sometime in the fall in the 2,000-square-foot space, which is next door to Scooter's Coffee House.

Aerts said that while Boiler loves its downtown space and has forged a brand identity being in the Grand Manse, there are challenges downtown, including parking.

"In 3 1/2 years of being in business, we have learned some people just will not come downtown," Aerts said.

Because Boiler does not sell its beers through a distributor, its only sales outlet is its taproom, so branching out into a completely different area of town should give it a boost in sales.

The brewery will be going into an area that already has one brewery, 5168 Brewing, as well as another taproom, Zipline Brewing's beer hall.

But Aerts said he does not see that as a disadvantage.

"To us, to have a condensed area of craft beer in southeast Lincoln -- I think that helps everybody," he said.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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