But the usual delays held them back, and in retrospect, it worked out. "It gave us time to get really ready and to to brew more beer. We will have five beers on tap when we open, and maybe six. We were only supposed to have three," Schuster says.
Two22, at 4550 South Reservoir Road, will open tomorrow at noon with a sharply-decorated taproom, room for ninety people, a couple of food trucks, East Cost Joe's and Freddy's Cuisine, on hand and live music in the evening. The fun will continue on Sunday with Biker Jim's.
The brewery will serve a blond, a chocolate porter, a milk stout, and two IPAs - a lower-alcohol "session" IPA and one brewed just with Simcoe hops. Schuster says she also hopes to be able to tap a red cinnamon beer that the couple has been working on.
But Two22 has other plans beyond selling beer. Once the brewery begins to make a profit - hopefully sometime in the next eighteen to 24 months - it will donate $2.22 from every $10 of profit to Schuster's family foundation, an organization that doled out $45,000 last year to educational, environmental and "whole-person" nonprofit groups.
She and her mother started seven years ago as a way to remember her father, who was killed in a plane crash when Schuster was seventeen.
In the meantime, Schuster and Christianson want to create a comfortable environment where people feel welcome and can come and relax for a while. That's why they have an area with couches, chairs and games (including life-sized Jenga).
"The amount of people driving up, looking in the window and peeking in has been amazing to me," she says. "The immediate neighborhood is anxious for something here, and the reaction has been really good. We're hoping word will get out beyond the neighborhood, as well."
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