I can’t remember an instance where there was this much buzz surrounding the grand opening of a pub. Christian Ettinger, the brewmaster and owner, was pressing palms and showing off some contract-brew last July, promising HUB would be open, brewing and hopping (no pun intended) by fall. Delays aplenty followed, but pubs, restaurants and bars around town were HUB were pouring Hopworks brews several months ago.
Hopworks got themselves open on March 25th, and I sauntered in with NO SMOKING and Billy’s Dad on Sunday, around tea time, to check the place out. I’d heard stories of the insanity–5 deep at the bar, waiting an hour+ for food, etc, but we had great timing: we slid into a recently vacated booth next to the portholes right off the bat.