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Bikes give way to brews at downtown site

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 20th, 2013

It’s already been a busy year for Cottage Grove’s Kate Coy, and by the sound of things, a letup isn’t anywhere on her horizon.

Last fall, Coy was elected to serve as the Ward IV representative on Cottage Grove’s City Council. Completion of law school at the University of Oregon preceded Coy’s recent appointment to a legislative internship at the state Capitol. And of course, there’s always operation of Cottage Grove’s Anytime Fitness, which Coy owns.

Still, Coy said she’s “super excited” about the buzz around her newest venture, Hard Knocks Brewing, a microbrewery/brewpub that will be located at 711 E. Main St. downtown.

On April 1, Coy and an as-yet unnamed partner will begin prepping their new building, which formerly housed Rainy Peak Bicycles. Rainy Peak owner Blair Winter said he is excited about his shop’s move down the street to 533 E. Main, the site of the former InColor Gallery.

Winter said he had previously inquired about moving to the old InColor location on 5th St. and asked about the Main St. site soon after hearing that owner Laura Harmon would be closing her gallery.

Within days, Coy said she had inquired about the current Rainy Peak location, which she described as “perfect” for the incoming microbrewery.

“It’s such a great building; I’d hate to see it empty,” she said. “It’s one of the most prominent locations downtown and the perfect spot to bring a microbrewery to town.”

For the complete article see the 03-20-2013 issue.

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