We’re pleased to announce that earlier this week we closed on a construction loan that will cover the rest of our renovations and get us to opening! Our federal license application is also being reviewed so it’s great progress all around. We know making announcements like this creates more questions than they answer, so we’ll answer some that you’re probably thinking of.
You just got a loan? What have you been doing for the past few years??
It’s tough sledding if you’re a new small business! Everything up until this point has been done as money has allowed, all the while we’ve worked and worked at getting the money necessary to complete the project. Unfortunately most banks don’t want to touch a new business, especially one in an industry that is virgin territory for most, so we eventually came to terms with a non-profit lending firm, The Progress Fund, and we couldn’t be happier to be working with them. A lot of people have asked why we weren’t crowd-funding like a lot of other breweries, but for the size of our project and the amount of money we needed it just wasn’t a good fit. After we’re open and things are rolling along we may consider it for a small project or expansion, but we felt like we should pay for our own brewery and prove to everyone what we’re capable of before we ask you to give us money for something like that.
So when are you open?
If there’s one thing we’ve learned through all of this, it’s that things never go as planned. We’re finalizing a lot of specifics with the brewery and getting all the wheels turning, but there’s always an unexpected bump in the road that can slow things down. Part of the timeline will be determined by the licensing as that’s totally out of our hands. All that being said, we’re confident we can be open in some capacity in the next 3-6 months, barring any major setbacks with construction or licensing.
In some capacity? What do you mean?
Well for obvious reasons (like having a loan to pay back) we need to make money as soon as possible. Our goal is to get our core renovation projects done as quickly as possible so when our licensing is good to go we can open. That could mean a soft opening and a few phases. For example, we may open before our kitchen is fully operational and we’ve brought in a kitchen staff, so we may start with a small snack menu and our beers and then shortly thereafter open up the kitchen at full capacity. Every day is full of new experiences for us as well so a staggered start for us would also help us get our bearings as we wade through the ins and outs of running the brewery.
Are you hiring?
We WILL BE hiring, but not yet. It’s not really fair for us to hire a staff and have no idea when we can bring them in and we obviously can’t start paying them months before we open. Sort of the chicken and egg situation, we can’t open fully without a staff and we can’t have a staff until we open fully so again there’s a reason why we may have a few phases to our opening. You can be assured that we will post on our website and social media when we’re ready to hire. We’ve received a lot of emails and resumes from interested individuals which is great and we’re excited to build our family, but we’re just not quite ready. Keep your eyes open though.
What’s your menu going to be like?
We’ve heard it loud and clear that people want us to be a destination, a place to hang out with good food, good beer and good atmosphere and entertainment. We’re not quite ready to tell you exactly what we’ve got planned because we need to hold some cards a little closer than others, but we want our food to be as good as our beer. We’ll be searching for an awesome chef looking to make a name for themselves. We’ve got a concept we want to work with, but we’ll give our hired gun pretty much free reign to work within that arena as they see fit.
You probably have more questions and if you didn’t already know we love talking about beer and our brewery so if you see us around don’t be afraid to ask whatever you might have on your mind! We know this has taken forever and we’re just as anxious as anyone to get this place up and running. We’re committed to being the destination that downtown Butler needs and we still stand by our initial statements of wanting to support of community and local charities. We don’t have to be, we want to be here. We truly appreciate everyone who has stuck with us, offered words of encouragement or helped us out in any way. We can’t wait to pour you a cold one! Cheers!