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It’s official: the Benjamin Beer microbrewery opens its doors Friday. Company president Jim Kennedy made the announcement on the brewery’s Facebook page. “I was just informed that our state brewery permit was issued! We are now cleared to start brewing,” the post reads. He expects to have final inspections complete on Tuesday and the doors open at 4 p.m. Friday. Kennedy has been planning for this day for months, and he told Racine County Eye last month that when he opens his doors to the public, Benjamin Beer will be the city’s first brewery since the days of Prohibition. For the first two weeks of operation, the Benjamin taps will feature some of the state’s best beers, but none of the porters, India Pale Ales, and blonde beers Kennedy said he’ll be brewing on site. “We won’t have any of our beer on tap May 27th but will have a selection of Wisconsin’s best for you to enjoy until we can bring ours online,” the Facebook post continues. “It will take approximately two weeks before our beer begins to replace the guest taps.” Benjamin Beer is located at 507 6th Street and will be open seven days a week: 4 to 11 p.m. Monday – Friday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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