Bus tour stops 4 & 5

After lunch, we took a quick look-see at the renovation progress at Appleton Beer Factory in downtown Appleton. Proprietor Ben and his dad and wife, plus other family members and close friends, are working in their spare time on renovating a 1940s era auto parts store. When done, it will be a brewery with a tasting area, eating areas, commercial kitchen, and more. They’re preserving as much of the salvageable bits and pieces of the historic building as possible, including some really interesting windows, and some of the original brick.

Their current plan/track is to be brewing their first batches of beer this fall. And they’re working really hard to manage this goal. But they looked pretty far away from attainment of that goal to this untrained observer . . . Still, we all wish them the best of luck because they are truly excited and ambitious, dedicated and enthusiastic business owners.

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After that quick stop, we headed to Mishicot, and found the Opera House Antiques. There is a public antiques store with a wealth of interesting items, but we were allowed into the main building for a special viewing of the owner’s private collection. It was a rare, amazing, awe-inspiring experience that left quite a lot of these crusty collectors speechless.

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Bus tour third stop and lunch

Stopped for a private tour and lunch in downtown Appleton, WI. The building we toured burnt down in1884, and rebuilt, opening as Appleton Brewing and Malting, and operating until Prohibition in 1919, when it was used for storage.

Remodeled around 1972, the building was a shopping mall until 1989, when it became a brewpub, The Alder Brau Brewery and Restaurant.

2004 marked the start of the building’s current incarnation, when the occupying business was named Stone Cellar Brewpub, and it was run by father and son partners, Tom & Steve Lonsway. In 2012, they began marketing their beers under the Stone Arch name to local bars & restaurants. Today, it is the oldest operating brewpub in the state.

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Convers Overheard

“I used to hitchhike a lot. I had one rule to decide whether to accept a ride or not: if I opened the door and saw either a Bible or a stack of pornography; or both, I declined. Especially if I saw both.”

“As I’ve gotten older, I’ve had to revise my standards. Now, 9:30 AM is a little early for a beer.”

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Enjoyed a lovely drive down from home to Greensboro’s airport (Piedmont-Triad International). Saw a vulture in the early morning sunshine, high atop the pointy top of a pine, spread-eagled, drying off his wing feathers. Would have made a great photo, but I was unable to stop due to traffic.

Awaiting boarding call, and even though it seems as if the plane will arrive here late, if all goes well, it should not affect my flight from Detroit to Green Bay.

Heading 2 Green Bay

Taking care of the last-minute details before heading to Green Bay for the National Association Breweriana Advertising convention. Most of tomorrow will be flying to get there. But I hope to post a photo or two from the events at the convention as they happen.

This opening is a foundation for our “Big Trip” to the Baltic States, commencing August 19. Here is the blog that will keep friends and family updated about our adventure as it happens.

Tra-la!

More soon.

Lee