My husband loves beer.
No, strike that. My husband lives beer. And I don't think it would be overstating the fact to say that he has a big ol' man crush on Christian Ettinger (right in photo), brewmeister extraordinaire and original master brewer for Laurelwood Pub and Brewery.
As most of the local beer community is already aware, Christian left Laurelwood several months ago to open his own place, the Hopworks Urban Brewery or HUB. It's been a long and laborious process and he's rumored to be doing much of the work himself, so it's taking a very long time and, if you read the comments on their blog, folks are getting mighty thirsty. Maybe even a little bit testy.
The bad news is that, as I discovered today on a drive by the new place, the HUB is still far from ready to open. A phone call to the brewery elicited the news from Ben Love, assistant brewmaster, that it won't be opening to the public earlier than January 2008. The good news is that you can have some of Christian's new brews at several outlets in town. Plus, if you phone ahead to the brewery, you can drop off a keg at the new place and they'll fill it so you can weather the long weeks until they open.