Blake and I have discussed several different concepts, strategies, locations, with a bunch of different great people here in town trying to find the best fit for our "vision" of the brewpub. We wanted a place that was for the beer and about the beer. A place with a local feel where people could come by to enjoy the handcrafted ales and lagers while learning a little bit about the delicious beers they are enjoying. We wanted to provide a forum for people who were looking to be exposed to new tastes, new styles, and most importantly a safe, quality-first, and innovative establishment of craft beer awesomeness!
As our search for the perfect fit continued in hopes of bringing our dream to life we had the awesome opportunity of getting to know Bobby Slattery. Shortly after a few conversations, Blake and I were quickly convinced that he "got" our passion for craft beer and the ongoing education alike. As discussions continued Blake and I quickly realized that we wanted Bobby to be a part of our dream. With his people-first personality, unique-skill set within the service industry, and most importantly his willingness to learn about craft beers - the synergies were undeniable.
Shortly thereafter we had the privilege of making the partnership official with Bobby. The Brewpub will be located on Wooster Pike, caddy corner from Hahana Beach, in the building that once housed the famous Heritage Restaurant.
|The Heritage Restaurant in its prime|
We are still in the initial planning stages of the brewery and concept, but here a few tasters that I can share with you:
1) We will have a bar housing between 4-8 of our very own fresh and local beers that have been developed while brewing with our friends. These beers will be able to be enjoyed on-premise within the taproom, pub, or outside in the biergarten
2) We will distribute our beer to local bars and restaurants
3) We will offer tours of the brewery along with periodic educational classes and events
As much as I would like to tell everyone about everything that we have in store for this awesome opportunity..I said this was just a taster! I must leave some to the imagination right??
I will continue to use the Brewing With Friends blog to update our progress to the masses, so make sure to check back every once in a while! I will continue to post updates to the Brewing With Friends 'group' on Facebook. It's a public group, so if you want to follow updates going forward please feel free to request an add so you are automatically brought up to speed on any news or blog updates.
Finally, I would like to say thank you to all of the people that have supported Blake and me in following our dream. Your encouragement and involvement in the Brewing With Friends project has been awesome, and we couldn't have gotten to where we are today without all of you.