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NOTEBOOK: Owner explains how new Waukee brewery got its name


When Zach Dobeck names a new beer he’s brewed, he likes to pay homage to someone who has had a positive impact on his life.

The Sheriff is named after his father, Tim Dobeck, a law enforcement officer who worked in Georgia. Annie is named after Zach Dobeck’s wife.

So it seemed natural for Dobeck to choose Roots Brewing Co. as the name of the brewery he planned on building. The name, though, didn’t last long.

“’Roots’ was not as original as I thought,” Dobeck said. “I was noticing how other breweries were using the word ‘roots’ in some degree.”

So he scrapped the name and began searching for a word that conveyed the common characteristics and origins people have with each other.

He settled on the name Kinship Brewing Co.

“The future beer drinkers, the customers of ours, we want to look at as a kinship,” said Dobeck, whose brewery will be located on 6.25 acres north of Hickman Road and west of Northwest 10th Street in Waukee. “We’re all here [at the brewery] for a reason. We’re all here to have a good time. We’re all here to support each other.”

That kinship extends to other brewers as well, Dobeck said.

“We all have different ways of how we present our beer,” he said. “But we all enjoy what we do, and that brings us all together. So ‘kinship’ to me does a better job of reinforcing what is most obvious – those connections.”

Plans for Kinship Brewing include the construction of a 13,000-square-foot building that will include 10,000 square feet of production space and 3,000 square feet for a taproom that will hold up to 300 people. In addition, the brewery will include a beer garden with access to the Raccoon River Valley Trail and a dog park.

Dobeck is hopeful construction of the facility can begin yet this year with completion done so Kinship Brewing Co. can open in the summer.

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