Merrill honors Sawmill Brewing Company with ribbon cutting ceremony

MERRILL, Wis. (WSAW) -- The Merrill Chamber of Commerce officially welcomed a new brewing company to the area despite opening earlier this year.

Sawmill Brewing Company owner Stan Janowiak said he requested the ceremony be held until they were brewing their own beer, despite opening in March.

"The most rewarding thing of this whole project so far has been the fact, that when I first started it, I wanted it to be Merrill's brewery, not my brewery. When I heard a guy at the bar and he tasted a beer and he goes, "Is this one of ours?" And he used that word "ours" and I said, "alright, we did it,” Janowiak said at the ceremony.

A saw-- instead of scissors was used at the ribbon cutting ceremony.

The building was built in 1940 and is known to locals as the old DNR Ranger Station.