The Story of Our Bar
This is told secondhand, so there may be some literary liberties already taken.
While the bar kinda looks all shiny and new, most of the components of the of the bar are anything but:
– The front of the bar is wood from an abandoned barn in eastern Colorado. You can see much of the red paint – what’s left anyway – has faded or is fairly fragmented.
– The bar top is made from old semi-trailer flooring. Before the wood was gussied up it was gray in appearance – evidence of hundreds of thousands of miles traveled.
– The countertops on the serving side of the bar (not visible in the above picture) as well as the two chalkboards in our taproom is what’s left of Flood Middle School. The Englewood school (built in 1953) was demolished beginning on June 12th of this year:
As the school was being leveled, our bar craftsman – Scott Friedman of Gitane Workshop – and our brewer Wayne Burns ran inside the building and scavenged as much stuff as possible. Stuff that was otherwise destined for a landfill. They were able to grab 15 heavy duty doors and two chalkboards. The chalkboards now have a prominent place in our taproom (and are still being used for their initially intended purpose), but the doors are now some awesome countertops we are using behind the bar. If you look closely at our countertops behind the bar, you can see the drill holes from the door hinges.
Finally, we have our taproom tables: Four smaller, square tables and five long tables. John Mandl from Against the Grain Woodworking used Colorado beetle-kill pine and turned this:
We are really proud that we’re reusing materials when practical (and there is more that we’re doing on that front as well…but that will be for another post), and these guys that helped us all did an incredible job!