Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Bonsai Brewing Project, The Little Nano that Could


   Many of us here in the Flathead Valley are already aware of this, but if you haven't heard, the Bonsai Brewing Project is getting displaced...by a ShopKo.  Wouldn't you know it, as soon as they put something cool and trendy in the Whitefish Mountain "Mall", they go and tell them to find another place to do business.

  So, they're being forced out.  That's fine, it's OK, because BBP rocks!  That fact is evident by there being no place for me to sit practically every time I visit them.  Why?  Despite the tiny little area that they occupy, in what was once a cantina in the mall, BBP has attracted a HUGE following.  So while being forced to move is a hassle, it's actually a blessing in disguise, because with the amount of people flocking to BBP's current location, they have clearly outgrown the space.

BBP's current location in the Mountain Mall...yeah, it's pretty small.

   As luck would have it, a space in Whitefish became available and it's going to be so much better.  The new place, in what was once the Rising Sun Bistro at 549 Wisconsin Avenue, will have more of everything!  More square feet, more beer being produced, more seating capacity, more exposure, and more places to enjoy the great brews that brewmeister/owner Graham Hart has expertly crafted.  

   More places?  YES!  When summer comes back around and the thought of staying inside one more minute doesn't sit well with you, fear not, you now have options.  The new digs will have a huge outdoor beer garden with endless possibilities. Graham, if you're reading this, a volleyball net on a sand court would be a nice feature on that big lot of yours...wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

  When is all this going to happen?  Ideally, they would like to open to the public on January 2nd, which is when they opened their doors at the mall location this year, but no promises. 

  Below are a few photos of the new location.  Keep in mind, it's a work in progress and it's in full-on construction phase at the moment, but we all know the end result is going to be awesome.







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