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Owners say Bull Falls Brewery will soon expand to the tune of 1.5 million dollars and the city of Wausau will help fund the project.

Wausau Mayor Jim Tipple told Newsline 9 the city will provide a loan to the company through a development agreement, but the amount and terms of the deal are still being worked out.

City leaders and Bull Falls leaders said they are excited about the project, especially co-owner Michael Zamzow who started brewing beer at home years ago.

"We got started when my wife got me a beer kit for Christmas way back when," he said.

In 2007, the hobby became a business when he and his father opened Bull Falls Brewery on East Thomas Street in Wausau.

"Each year our sales our sales and market penetration has increased," he told Newsline 9.

Now, the brewery is expanding with help from the city of Wausau. Zamzow estimates the expansion will cost around 1.5 million dollars with money coming from the city and the company.

City leaders said they are still deciding how much money they will provide.

"It's got to be a win for the city and it's got to be a win for the development," Wausau Mayor Jim Tipple said.

But why is the city even getting involved in a private business? Mayor Tipple said it's actually something that happens often.

"We do compete with other communities and the public private partnership has stood the test of time. We've been doing it for like 30 years," Tipple said.

He added that the expansion will bring jobs and tourism to the area. Zamzow said it couldn't come at a better time.

"We're brewing everything that we can brew and make as much as we can make but there is an example where we cannot keep up," Zamzow said.

He said Bull Falls is essentially brewing beer that's already been sold because demand is so high. That includes their seasonal Oktoberfest brew.

"We're running out this week," he said. "That's not good for our customers."

But he added that the expansion will help the brewery catch up and produce more and Wausau city leaders hope it will help put Wausau on the map a little bit more, too.

Bull Falls owners hope to have the expansion completed by March of next year.

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