Winchester Brew Works

Month: August 2015

By in beer, furniture 1

Adventure time!

Those chairs are lonely. Don't worry - they now have 90 friends.

Those chairs are lonely. Don’t worry – they now have 90 friends.

Tuesday was a tough day.  I had to cross the Mason-Dixon line.

It was for a good cause, though.  Anyone who has done anything knows that it’s very easy to go over budget and very difficult to come in under budget.  But we did it, for one item on our very lengthy ‘needs’ list.

We caught a restaurant auction for a Peruvian restaurant and managed to snag chairs and a 3-bay sink.  Only downside – I was the only one available for the single pickup day… which happened to be in Pennsylvania.  The solution: rent the smallest u-haul that can fit everything we bought.

This was me trying to look excited to mask my extreme nervousness of driving a box truck all the way up I-81 by myself.

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Arthur claimed those were ‘crazy eyes’.

It was a surprisingly quick trip up to the warehouse where I was very pleasantly surprised to have lots of help with loading the truck, which ended up taking only around 30 minutes.  Even after loading up 2 chairs as passengers, 4 sad straggler chairs had to be left behind…

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Looks desolate, no? I suppose it IS Pennsylvania.

A few hours later and I was back in the promised land. Driving a 10′ truck really isn’t so bad.

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Also, who knew there was a Lindt chocolate factory outlet on I-81 and didn’t tell me?  Holly and I have a road trip in our future.

Then we had the exciting task of unloading all our goodies while awkwardly parked on Cameron.

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We had already unloaded a lot when I took this.

All in all, a successful day.  Now, who wants to help clean and refinish 92 chairs?

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There’s gum on the bottom of nearly all of these.

By in Business, Kickstarter 2

Kickstarter, y’all!

We spent the first part of this weekend filming for our upcoming Kickstarter (more details to come SOON, I promise) and we are pretty darn excited.  There’s just so many mysteries to be solved in a few short minutes of video.

 

Mystery #1: What ponderously-oversized fantasy novel is Arthur reading?

The book was supposed to be a prop, but he's keeping it to read.

The book was supposed to be a prop, but he’s keeping it to read.

 

Mystery #dos: What’s on the front of Holly’s shirt?  Hint: eagles.

Eagles, and mountains, and great pine forests.

Eagles, and mountains, and great pine forests.

 

Mystery part C: Who let Bonnie into the secret chemical storage facility?

Bonnie was in charge of all Kickstarter-related science.

Bonnie was in charge of all Kickstarter-related science.

 

Mystery IV: Is it possible to lose yourself in the mere photo of a man?

Don't look too long. The withdrawal can be fatal.

Don’t look too long. The withdrawal can be fatal.

 

So get excited, guys! Big things are happening, and pretty soon we’ll have honest-to-goodness taproom progress to show off.  Don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter – our first mailing will go out tomorrow, and you will want to be in the know when all the fun stuff starts to happen.

By in Business 0

A little window shopping

We did a little window shopping the other day, for ideas and to scope out future sources for decorations and ingredients.

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Really. Window shopping.

We started out the day at the Winchester City Market, a relatively new (and great!) addition to the downtown walking mall.

It's not today. It was Saturday, but this post is today. I apologize for the confusion.

It’s not today. It was Saturday, but this post is today. I apologize for the confusion.

Bonnie and Holly were mostly interested in getting familiar with the produce spread, though we aren’t currently planning to have a tomato beer when we open, so I’m not sure what Bonnie was getting distracted by.

Thinking about tomato sandwiches, I guarantee it.

Thinking about tomato sandwiches, I guarantee it.

After the market, we took a little trip down to Front Royal to visit a place we had heard rumors about.

Worth the drive.

Worth the drive.

It’s a house salvage place called “Architectural Old House Parts,” and it’s full of magic.

Told you we were window shopping.

Told you we were window shopping.

If you’re in the Front Royal area, I highly suggest stopping by this place.  Great inventory – we will almost certainly be back through here.

 

As a sidenote, we stopped for a “research” trip to the cool little spot Pavemint Taphouse in town, and had a delightful lunch.  I even met a 96-year-old woman who told me how she traded her Oldsmobile in at the dealership that used to run out of the building, and then bought it back a month later.  And then bought a Jaguar 2 months after that.  Definitely the kind of person I could be friends with.

Keep checkin’ in, we’ll keep you up to date on what’s going on!  And with it being (again) just beautiful outside today, you should head down to the downtown mall, walk around, and maybe strike up a conversation with a stranger.  You never know what stories they’ll have to tell.

Bring an adorable dog. Then other people will strike up the conversation for you.

Bring an adorable dog. Then other people will strike up the conversation for you.

By in Business 0

Well, hello there!

Whew!

Who knew opening a brewery would be so much work?

We’ve got some great plans for the Big Gray Box we currently inhabit.

We’re hard at work at 320N Cameron, doing all the important government-y things we have to do for the physical rehabilitation of our space.  Important, CRUCIAL elements like a 30-foot-long bar, and silly nonsense like bathrooms and doors.

We know you’re eager to see and hear more from us, and apparently drink our beer…unfortunately, the last one will have to wait.

But!  You will be following along with us as we get into the real nitty-gritty, interesting parts.  Get excited, tell your friends, and maybe find yourself a patio to drink on this afternoon – it’s gorgeous out.

Love the valley, love the flora.

Love the valley, love the flora.