You know that feeling you get when you have been let down by someone you trusted? You know that feeling when you have worked really hard at something for a long time and then it doesn’t work out? That is what we have been experiencing since the beginning of October.
In getting this project up and moving we have met literally hundreds of self-described professionals. Few are, and others are absolutely not. The challenge is always trying to figure out who is who. When you find good ones, you put your trust in them and others… well… life is too short.
It seems strange to me that everyone we talk to asks about working with the Town of Parry Sound. It usually starts with talk about barriers to progress. Our experience has been that the TOPS staff have been a great resource. And they are not the only ones who deserve kudos. We have had great support from CBDC, BDC and NOHFC and FedNOR. And we have had an incredible outpouring of support from you. It is humbling to talk to you about our project and to see the excitement you share about it.
We had a roller coaster ride of being told by our bank “you are good to go” followed by soft declines followed by “yes- it is approved” followed by soft declines. Rinse and repeat that for 30+ days. Then we got a firm decline.
Our feeling of failure lasted about 3 weeks.
Then we analyzed and rejigged and have started to run forward again slightly drunk – because you have to be either crazy or drunk to build a brewery it seems. We are at a new place and it is not what failure looks like from where we sit.
Bad news is we won’t be open for Spring 2016.
However, we are beer glass half full kind of people, so onward.
We are now planning to break ground in Spring 2016 and look forward to a Fall 2016 opening. That presents a whole new set of challenges but we will meet them as they come up.
We continue to be beliebeers.
The Trestle Boys