Defying the odds: Lizard Tail Brewing found opportunity to expand during pandemic

The pandemic hit local businesses hard, with some even shutting permanently, but one local brewery used the time to reevaluate, get its bearings and expand.

Lizard Tail Brewing opened in 2014 inside a strip mall on Montgomery NE near Eubank. The location is cozy but doesn’t leave a lot of room for brewing. Still, expansion continued to take a back burner, said minority owner and head brewer John Ruyak.

Then the COVID-19 pandemic happened and it led to circumstances that made expansion a realistic option. The owners of Cantero Brewing at 3351 Columbia NE, in the industrial area east of Interstate 25 between Candelaria and Comanche, decided to sell. Ruyak said they were involved in other ventures that took off during the pandemic and no longer had time to focus on their brewery.

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