On a Tuesday night back in January 2021, we stood before the Ogallala City Council and made a pitch. We were there in response to a call for proposals about the "best use" of the former Goodall City Library building.
With our sweaty palms, face masks, and heightened nerves, it felt like we had been called to report the principal's office (something Rick is familiar with from his youth!).
We presented our idea to turn it into a microbrewery with a family-friendly environment, enhancing downtown and becoming a destination for both tourists and residents.
We knew at that time that it would be a challenging project to complete, but in our optimistic ignorance, we thought we'd be open by the end of the year. Turns out, it would require several more months to finalize the public sale and a full nine months before we would even obtain a building permit.
Over the past two years, we haven't gotten much better at estimating timelines, but we have finally brought the renovation project to completion.
This Wednesday, we will finally open our doors to the public for regular business.
Please join us in our taproom for our regular winter hours starting this week:
Monday - Closed
Tuesday - Closed
Wednesday - 4p - 8p
Thursday - 4p - 8p
Friday - 11a - 10p
Saturday - 11a - 10p
Sunday - 11a - 6p
We are so grateful...
... For the opportunity that our town presented in being able to repurpose an existing building that has so much character.
... For the community members who showed up at a public meeting to voice their support for our idea.
... For the contractors who helped us bring our vision to reality.
... For the grandparents and babysitters who've helped raise our kids during this madness (You're not off the hook yet, for the record! Please and thank you!).
... For the staff who have trusted us, showed up, and helped us with so many things that were not on any job descriptions.
... For the Nebraska Craft Beer community throughout the state that has provided insight and advice.
... For those who came to a soft opening to help work out the kinks.
... For all of you who have waited and waited...and waited some more...
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
See you soon.
Lisa & Rick
Lisa & Richard
Second Chapter Brewing Co-Founders