There were a few delays along the way, but Ope! Brewing Co. in West Allis is scheduled to open to the public at noon on Friday.
The brewery, 6751 W. National Ave., the former home of Perfect Screw Products Corp., is owned and co-founded by John Onopa, Kyle Ciske and Adam Anders.
Onopa said it is rewarding to be at the point where they can accommodate customers.
“It’s been a long journey – lots of struggles, lots of construction issues, construction delays, legal delays with DNR and such,” Onopa said. “But you know, once we’re open, we’re open, and all that struggle is worth it.”
He said the trio were grateful for the support from families, friends and entrepreneurs. They originally planned to open in late summer 2021.
When customers enter, Onopa said they’ll be greeted by a large, inviting dining room with a variety of seating areas, including dining-height tables, bar-height tables and lounge furniture.
There’s also event space and a stage for live music; booking of acts will begin in June.
The exterior is still in progress, Onopa said, but when complete will include a patio, bar, sand volleyball courts, fire pit and areas for cornhole and bocce ball.
A grand opening is planned when exterior work is completed, hopefully by the end of the summer, Onopa said.
As for brewing, the company will be offering a handful of collaboration beers the trio created with brewing friends from around town, a few beers ahead, a session IPA, a hazy IPA, a sour beer or two, a dark lager, a light lager, and some seasonal beers that, according to Onopa, “come and go quickly”.
A food truck will be on site for the opening on Friday. There’s room for two, Onopa said, with future food truck schedules yet to be determined.
Friday and Saturday hours will be noon to 11 p.m., with reduced hours on Sunday and Monday.
Beyond that, Onopa said customers should check online during the hours. The Op! The Facebook page is Facebook.com/OpeBrewingCo.
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