The time is coming near....finally....to open our doors!
It has been a journey. One that took much longer than we anticipated, and we even expected it to take a long time. It is one that has cost more money than we anticipated, but just enough has shown up at the times we needed it to keep us going. Friends, family, strangers have shown up along the way in ways we could not have anticipated to provide support, encouragement, hours of painting, and even some money. It really has been a practice, almost a spiritual one, in trusting the process. All those things we did and did not anticipate have led to the one anticipation we've been longing for.
Like many of the elements of opening a business, particularly one that makes and serves alcohol, we've had to let go of what is not in our control. Shipping dates. Permit processes. City, state, and federal government agencies. We could not control the information and misinformation we received. Or the timeliness of the right kind of information. We have had our share of frustrated moments, the kind where we felt like throwing in the towel. But that was never really an option and so we kept going. Knowing that so many people were in this with us, from other brewers in town to neighbors, to our friends and families who've held this dream with us.
So while we wrap up the final details on the construction so that we can get our final inspections, and go through another round of minor unexpected tasks put on our plate in the past week, we have begun to see the big check-in point on this journey. We will be able to open our doors soon, even though we cannot offer up an opening date at this point, know that it will be in the next few weeks.
Rather than a grand party to start things off, you'll probably just see a post on Facebook or Instagram that we're open and you can just drop by for a pint. Once we have a couple weeks of a soft launch, we'll announce our hours and when we can have a party to celebrate our new neighborhood pub. Here's what you can expect when that happens.
Local craft beer: we won't be brewing until our federal license comes through, which we have little to no control over. In the meantime, we have the opportunity to honor our brother and sister breweries in town by carrying their brews. The breweries in Asheville and surrounding areas have been so supportive and encouraging that it will be our pleasure to highlight them in our space. It will also give us time to get back into the rhythm of using our equipment and making the proper adjustments for when we're allowed to begin offering our beers later this year (hopefully).
Cider/wine: we'd like to carry some cider on tap at all times and also offer wine to our neighbors who prefer to not drink beer. We certainly understand beer is not for everyone, even though we love it!
Soda on tap: we may not be able to offer this right when we open our doors, but it won't be too longer after that. We're going to work with Blue Blaze and have soda on tap as well, which will be great for our youngsters and help us create a family friendly environment.
The next few weeks will go by quickly and hopefully we will see you at 174 Broadway at the Tavern and Commons!