4 year hostage crisis
the Barest of things
I have been in a hostage crisis for exactly four years. To be fair, though, it did not take a case of Stockholm Syndrome for me to appreciate my captors.
It all started with an April or May request to install a piece of glass. Then came the construction of a mill room. That was immediately followed by the need for a boiler room, bathroom tile, floor stain, two stages, a pergola, and countless other assignments. It was clear to me that this was a job where my customer was never going to let me leave.
The customer in question, of course, was Quest Brewing Company and I enjoyed being their summer help in the days before, during, and after their grand opening. There are not two nicer guys in the world than Don Richardson and Andrew Watts and it was an honor and a pleasure to have my fingerprints on their new brewery. Plus, Don started every morning by pouring me a tasting glass of Kaldi Imperial Coffee Stout and I have to say that I enjoyed it far more than an actual cup of coffee.
I am reminded of this experience as we are on the eve of Quest’s 4th Anniversary celebration. It has been a fun four years watching them grow, expand their territory, win awards and, most importantly, continue to brew damn good beer. For some reason they still keep me around for the occasional odd job and as a host of Wednesday night trivia, a job that I would have definitely said four years ago that I am not qualified for. Some people might still say that now, actually.
Saturday, July 15th - go out and enjoy a beer at Quest and give the guys a pat on the back for all their hard work and success over the last four years. Taste some of the one-time-only special releases that will be revealed at the top of every hour. Take pleasure in live music courtesy of Darby Wilcox & The Peep Show, Zac Parks & Friends, and Soul Service. Chow down on some tasty vittles from Resident Dogs, The Chuck Truck, or Thoroughfare. Above all, enjoy your Saturday, drink responsibly, and appreciate the wealth of local talent and tastes we have right here in the Upstate.