We're this close to being ready to roll; in fact our first gig is less than a week away and so it's literally been all hands to the pumps to get the finishing touches to The Crafty Horse Bar done, including the pumps themselves and our choice of beer.
Now beer and drinks generally are things that we can get pretty excited and passionate about and we've spent the last couple of months buying, tasting and have noted a pretty wide array before settling on what we want to kick off with. Of course, as time goes on we'll adapt to our audience, the seasons and what's on offer; but for the first outing we wanted to offer what we knew we could get excited about.*
And so when I was out to dinner with a good friend recently and he asked me what we'd do if someone just wanted a pint of (insert name of generic lager/beer), it got me thinking. This needs to be a commercially viable venture and as much as we love beer, we're not doing it just for the love. So would we be cutting off our overly sensitive noses at the expense of sticking to our principles about wanting to serve amazing drinks that maybe our customers wouldn't know? I really hope not but I guess time will tell.
*For the record: Rapture Red Hop Ale and High Wire Pale Ale from Magic Rock Brewing; Sputnik Pale Ale and Transmission IPA from North Brewing; Studio Pilsner, Roadie All Night IPA and Stagediver Double IPA from Signature Brewing, Brooklyn Lager and on draught: Brighton Bier Pale Ale & London Bohemia lager. We also have a great Glera Frizzante sparkling wine on tap and Orchard Pig Explorer cider. Hopefully there's something for everyone.