Bring a craft brewery to a small town and other businesses will thrive, says THAT Brewery and Pub owner Tamara Morken. She and husband Steve have owned and operated The Rimside Grill at the south end of Pine since 2014, creating a local favorite eatery. But in 2008, local businesses, property owners and residents felt the financial crash.
The couple went on the hunt for a more sustainable business, one that can survive financial down turns and work in a small, tourism-focused community, Tamara said. They traveled to Colorado, California and beyond. Steve had already been a hobby brewer and a member of Rim Country Home Brews, making micro breweries and craft breweries of particular interest.