Posted at: 11/29/2012 9:40 PM
Updated at: 11/29/2012 10:11 PM
By: Alan Hoglund
A new Canal Park business opened its doors to the public for the first time Thursday afternoon, following a year of construction, and many more years of planning.
Tom Eugenis, the general manager at the new Canal Park Brewing Company, tells Eyewitness News that staff has "done a lot of training, hard work, and has made a lot of decisions."
He compared what's next with jumping off of a cliff.
Eugenis said "we have to take a leap of faith in a lot of what we're doing here. We're going to jump and we have no blueprint."
He was referring to running the business, and he says the staff is ready for anything. "Put the right people inside. That's what counts."
With burgers, other sandwiches, wine, beer and liquor on the menu - just to name a few - Eugenis said the business is for just about everyone. "We want to appeal to a wide range of people and not shut anyone out."
But you'll be even happier at this bar and restaurant, if you're a fan of beer. "It's all about the beer," Eugenis said.
A man named Badger Colish makes that beer, with help from a couple of other employees.
Jokingly, he told us he does it because he likes cleaning stainless steel, referring to the huge containers used to brew the beer, and allow it to ferment. But Colish went on to say that "it's part art, part science and I think that's why brewers find it so attractive."
Leading up to opening night, Colish told us he's been very busy, but still calls his job a privilege. "I've personally been here every day for the last seven weeks now," he said.
Colish explained that it takes about a full day to brew a batch of beer. It then gets pumped into one of seven tanks where it will ferment for between two weeks and one month before it makes its way to your glass at the bar.
Eugenis told us the beer "doesn't hit the air until it hits your glass." He said you'll find as many as 12 different brews on tap at any given time.
He said doors will open at 4 p.m. for the rest of the week. Starting Monday, the business opens a 11 a.m.