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A new brewing company is coming to the Sherman Hill neighborhood later this year. 

Lua Brewing Company will be located at 1525 High St. in Des Moines. Owned by husband-and-wife team Scott and Whitney Selix, Lua is slated to open in October or November, Scott Selix said in an email.

The brewery will make and serve craft beer on the premises. In the meantime, the couple has been collaborating on craft beer projects with other breweries in Des Moines and the Midwest region including Barn Town Brewing in West Des Moines, BlackStack Brewing in St. Paul, Minnesota, and 608 Brewing Company in La Crosse, Wisconsin. 

Whitney Selix is the former general manager of Red's Alehouse in North Liberty while Scott is the lead brewer for Big Grove Brewery & Taproom in Iowa City and is on the board of directors for the Iowa Brewer's Guild. Whitney Selix will act as the president of the brewery.

The couple has hired their good friend, Zack Dunbar, lead brewer at Forager Brewery in Rochester, Minnesota, to oversee beer production. 

The brewery will feature a bar and communal tables inside and an outdoor patio with views of the downtown skyline. 

Brian Taylor Carlson is the food and dining reporter at the Des Moines Register. Reach him at or 515-284-8552 and follow @briantaylorcarlson on Facebook, @BriinDSM on Twitter and @briindsm on Instagram.

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