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Microbrewery to be built in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - For the past 15 years or so, Mark Pedersen has been brewing his own beer. By 2010, he'll likely be cooking up his special recipes for others.

Pedersen and his wife Lorraine have purchased a lot from the Port of Grandview on Wallace Way. He said he's hoping construction on a microbrewery will begin early next year.

"But it probably won't be operational until 2010," he said.

Pedersen and his wife hail from Lake Stevens and both are currently working for Boeing.

When it came to starting up his own brewery, Pedersen said, "I need to do something other than Boeing."

Pedersen said he has a preference for Eastern Washington. "I like the sun, but the heat is something I'll have to get used to."

Initially, he began looking at property in the Spokane area. But then he found the Port of Grandview's website, with a listing for the Wallace Way development.

"It just seems like everything fell into place," he said.

The rest, as they say, is history. He now owns the lot.

He said the Grandview location is ideal because it's in between the Tri-Cities and Yakima. And, he added, "I like the smaller community feel."

Pedersen said the microbrewery will likely have a tasting room. Right now, he's focusing on distributing.

Pedersen said he has yet to pick a name for the company. "I just don't know yet. The name hasn't solidified in my mind."

Eventually, the Pedersens plan to move to this area.

Pedersen will trek to Grandview mid-month to meet with city officials and construction companies to start developing a plan for the building.

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