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Everyday Business | Brews, pizza, basketball and a place to park your pooch

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Maria Legardo, server at Wenatchee Valley Brewery

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Wenatchee Valley Brewing Company at Pybus Public Market has opened a delightful new annex that’s serving up cold beer at a cool location — adjacent to the Riverside 9 apartment complex and hugging what has to be Wenatchee’s smallest traffic roundabout.

The Wenatchee Valley Brewery is just that — the place where WVBC makes its craft brews — and it’s been designed for maximum fun with comfortable outdoor seating, five kinds of pizza, charcuterie plates of meats and cheeses and its famous sesame oil popcorn. In the parking lot is a basketball hoop along with other toss-and-throw games, and the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail is half-a-block away. Dogs are always welcome.

And did we mention the brews? On a recent visit last week, the Brewery had seven of their own craft beers on tap, a hard cider by Wenatchee’s own Manchester Road Cider Company and a fermented kombucha.

I’m biased, of course,” laughed server Maria Legarda, “but these are exceptional beers that exceed all expectations for such a young company.” Wenatchee Brewing opened about 18 months ago at Pybus and cranked up its brewing annex in January. A grand opening at the brewery was held earlier this month.

Legarda said the place really gets hopping with the after-work crowd and on weekends. “A big baseball tournament last weekend (at Walla Walla Point Park) brought in tons of people,” she said. “We had tables of 20 thirsty players and their families. We served a lot of beer. We made a lot of pizzas.”

A seat on the patio is also a great spot to sip a brew while watching traffic maneuver through the roundabout. Some people have mastered it; some are still learning.

Wenatchee Valley Brewery

What: A compact eatery where craft beers are made for Wenatchee Valley Brewing Company (located at Pybus). The limited but intriguing menu offers items that complement a cold brew. Perfect.

Where: On the corner of Riverside Drive and East Island View Street, just south of Riverside 9 Apartment Homes.

When: Open 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

What’s good? Legarda, a vegetarian, highly recommends The Margarita pizza with garlic olive oil, tomatoes fresh basil and a basalmic reduction. But a customer favorite is The Fungi + Sausage which sports Italian sausage, wild mushrooms, gorgonzola and fresh arugula.

Prices: $5 to $15

Info: 881-4529. Web: wenatcheevalleybrewingco.com. 

Reach Mike Irwin at 509-665-1179 or . Read his blog Everyday Business. follow him on Twitter at @MikeIrwinWW.