Raising the Bar: Part One
We had always known that our bar would be a focal point in our tap room’s design, but the sheer immensity of the project itself has surprised everyone involved. So, a post that was originally intended to encompass the task’s start to finish, will (hopefully) leave you with a desire to return to see a finished product. I know that we are totally ready to see some of our beers on it!
We originally started collecting and breaking down pallets last spring in order to fulfill our vision (Shoutout to Victor Carranza for providing us with our supply). When we finally got word that we were approved by Hernando County to begin our build out, we thought that it would also be a fitting occasion to begin preparing that lot of wood sitting underneath our house for its new home on the front of our bar. I’m pretty sure that we picked up (and used) every wood stain known to man in order to carry out this project. Together, with our business partners, we spent a day drinking beers and unleashing our inner creativity. Our goal was to truly highlight the natural beauty of each piece of wood. Light, dark, blues, whites- we cannot wait to put the puzzle together. Hopefully, we will be able to figure it out.
The bar itself, frame and top, was not a task that we were going to leave to just anyone. We wanted to entrust a person to build it that was equally as amazing as the beer being served on top of it. Sean Whelan was clearly the only person fit for the job and has been a pleasure to work with ever since. He has taken so much pride in the project and has offered so much guidance in helping us to make any decisions regarding it.
The frame itself took several days to put together. We made the decision to have concrete pillars throughout for added support and a rustic look. We will be able to change the look of the pillars themselves and the boards between them as often or as little as we would like which is an added bonus!
The concrete for the top of the bar was poured two weeks ago and is on its third and final week of setting. What I’ve learned most in this process is that if you want things done the right way, you are going to have to wait. I’m still working on my patience.
Keep your eyes open for a freshly stained and sealed bar top (coming oh so soon)!