• John Molseed
  • Sun August 25 2013
  • Posted Aug 25, 2013
David Morgan's customers are sometimes his willing test subjects. When Morgan, owner of Single Speed Brewing Co. in Cedar Falls, creates a test batch of beer, there are 90 gallons of it to go around.

"We're getting their judgement on each one," Morgan said.

That might sound like a lot of beer, but Morgan's customers make short work of it.

"Ninety gallons of beer goes pretty quickly whether its a pilot batch or something we're replicating," Morgan said.

Morgan opened the brewery in December last year. Buzz and interest around the operation built up weeks before the door opened.

"The community's been incredibly supportive since before day one," Morgan said.

Although Morgan likes to concoct new combinations or veer off a standard recipe, he also has the tried-and-true recipes on hand for customers who know what they like. For other customers, saying he has something new is all he needs to do to sell a pint of an experimental batch.

"A lot of times they're coming in here just to see what's new," he said.

Trying new recipes is a learning process for Morgan too.

"You've got to take really good notes," he said. "You also have to practice a lot."

To go along with his own brews, Morgan has others on tap including from Broad Street Brewing Co. of Reinbeck. Morgan also stocked a cooler with canned microbrews from around the region.

"I thought it's be cool with the canned beer revolution, but nobody's buying them," Morgan said. "I guess if they were, we're probably doing something wrong."

Although canning has caught on for many microbrewers, the only way to get Single Speed is to go to the brewery at 128 Main Street. Canning or bottling and distributing takes too much control away from the brewer, Morgan said. Also, much of the appeal of his beer is the freshness. Most beers last eight days from the first tap, he added.


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