The taproom is opening on Thursday Oct 2nd around 5pm! This is a pretty exciting moment, I must say. We've had an army of volunteers helping out these past few weeks, and we are ready for you.
This week was a banner one - we got our final inspection from the City, and the Fire Marshall will be through shortly to give the final blessing. We're still waiting on the TTB (the Federal Trade Taxation Bureau), which has been in a, "We'll approve you tomorrow!" mode for a week or more. If I need to get a special permit from the City and OLCC for opening this week (which I can do), I shall. It is time!
For me, this has been quite an adventure on a number of levels. Transitioning from 25 years behind a desk has been remarkably easy. I've found myself learning all kinds of new things, and working in ways I never thought. Like spending 2 days climbing up and down a 20 foot ladder to install skylights. I hadn't expected that. I really needed to work my yoga focus to not freak the hell out and fall of the ladder or the roof. I can scurry up and down with the best of them, now. Not a resume building skill, and... for the first time in my life, I don't care about that!
These past few weeks have been a blur - so much has been happening. Some highlights include lots of sanding and varnishing old furniture. Like some church pews that now get to enjoy a new life at Hi-Wheel.
You'll get to meet Krista, our bar manager. She comes with 13 years experience behind the bar, and is charge of the entire taproom. She'll be curating fine beers, ciders and meads for both the tap and our new reach-in cooler. You'll be able to get some interesting beverages not on our 10 tap draft system, and some to take home, too.
Once we settle into the space, I'll be getting the bottling line up and running. The four main Hi-Wheel fizzy wine flavors shall be bottled in 500 ml sizes for take-away and at locations around Portland.
And here we are, a day or so away from opening a taproom and production winery in Portland, Oregon. My vision that came into focus last summer in the middle of a wild storm of life, and it's been made my many, many hands.
Ready for you to enjoy.
Now, we're planning on opening Thursday to Sunday for the month. And don't forget the Grand Opening party on Saturday Oct 11th!