I stopped by Hopworks Wednesday and the place was buzzing with activity getting ready for Tuesday’s big opening. Brewer Ben Love was coaching the staff on the subtleties of the beers. Electricians Danny and Kyle were studying their final lighting project. Carpenters were building benches. Artists Cheyenne and Ed were hanging Cheyenne’s artwork. Electricians helped the artists. Carpenters helped the electricians. Artists helped the carpenters. The brewers helped everyone with a mug of beer. Problems were solved by this sudden community and the place made a great leap to being open. During a break in the commotion, I heard brewmaster-owner Christian Ettinger describe the scene to someone over the phone. “It takes a village…” he said.
all images © Tim LaBarge 2008