Pedal Haus Brewery, State Forty Eight joining 'The Churchill' in downtown Phoenix

PHOENIX - Pedal Haus Brewery in Tempe is opening a taproom in downtown Phoenix.

It is one of the latest tenants announced to join The Churchill, an urban market, outdoor food court, and community area being built from shipping containers. It is scheduled to open spring 2018.

"That whole area of Phoenix is really up and coming," said Julian Wright, founder of Pedal Haus, in an interview with ABC15. "I thought it would be a really good second location for us."

The taproom will be housed in two back-to-back shipping containers near First and Garfield streets. One container will house the bar and the other will be used for walk-in refrigeration and storage, said Wright.

It will have a similar look to the Tempe brewery such as the awning made from bicycle parts, communal tables and trees, Wright said. The taproom will not serve food, but the purpose of the complex is to sample food and drink from the other vendors.

Freak Brothers Pizza Co. will open a restaurant in one of the shipping containers. That was announced last month. The team behind cocktail bars Counter Intuitive and UnderTow are opening a third concept called "Pobrecito."

Chandler-based apparel company, State Forty Eight, will also open their own store at the complex. It will be their first brick-and-mortar location, said Michael Spangenberg, who founded the company with two friends, Stephen Polando and Nicholas Polando, in 2013.

They did have a mall koisk for a few months, but do not anymore. While their Chandler headquarters has inventory, it is sometimes confused for a store. It's mostly their office and warehouse.

They are also at more than 15 other retail stores around the Valley, including Sky Harbor. But, they have yet to have a place of their own. Until now.

"It just made sense and the timing was great," said Spangenberg.

They had a shipping container pop-up made for them previously and will be bringing that to The Churchill.

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