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RACINE — The Racine Brewing Co. celebrated its grand opening Saturday at its Main Street storefront.

Andy and Angie Molina, both of Racine, decided to open a business focused on a passion they share: craft beer. The couple considered the idea of bringing a craft beer to Racine over the past years, Angie said. On Saturday, the Molinas’ vision came to fruition, as the community packed the business at 303 Main St. on its first open day.

Patrons could order beverages brewed on site and purchase T-shirts bearing the company’s logo. The brewery offered beers by the glass and in flights of four or six samples.

Racine Brewing Co. uses a three-barrel brewing system. Angie said she and her husband are aiming to maintain an eight-beer rotation. Her favorite, she said, is the Hula Chaser Coconut Porter, which is fermented with fresh, toasted organic coconut.

The Molinas were excited to open a business in their own community, Angie said. Angie said she and her husband knew they wanted their nano-brewery to be located in Downtown Racine and near the water.

“We wanted to be where everything is,” she said. “We’re just so happy with our location. We couldn’t have asked for anything more perfect.”

The Molinas plan to keep Racine Brewing Co. open to customers five days a week. The business is scheduled to be open: 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays, noon to 11 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.

Monday and Tuesday, Angie said, are for brewing.

In addition to its beer menu, Angie said Racine Brewing Co. also makes and serves its own sodas. The idea came from touring breweries around the state; the couple was impressed by businesses that catered to families, Angie said.

“We want to be family-friendly,” she said. “We want to be able to have something for everybody.”

The Molinas decided to incorporate local history into their business through its logo. The design is based off the Racine Unified School District’s longtime gym uniform.

“We’re proud of where we are,” Angie said. “We wanted to show that. We really wanted the logo to be connected to Racine.”

“We wanted to be where everything is. We’re just so happy with our location. We couldn’t have asked for anything more perfect.” Angie Molina, co-owner of Racine Brewing Co.

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Sari Lesk covers the City of Racine, Gateway and UW-Parkside. She is new to the community and moonlights as an amateur baker.

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