For many of us, a New Year signifies fresh beginnings and that’s exactly how Cooperage Brewing Company has kicked-off 2016. The popular Santa Rosa brewery was temporarily closed for the first week of January to resurface their locally sourced redwood bar and tabletops. Not only are these redwood slabs a perfect surface to enjoy a pint, but they had a unique journey from the forest to the bar.
The Cooperage Team was on a hunt for the perfect slab of wood when they came across an old redwood that had fallen an estimated 80 years prior. They decided it would be better for them to salvage it, than it would be to cut down a new tree. The tree came from a forest area in Mendocino County where the brother of Tyler (Cooperage’s owner) works in the lumber industry. In order to bring this ancient redwood back to life, the Cooperage team milled, sanded and applied finish to the slab making the project a true team effort (check out their Facebook page for awesome pictures of the process). They artistically molded these tabletops to showcase the live-edge bark and highlight the rich grains within the slabs.
Once they had the redwoods set up in the brewery’s tasting room, they had to DIY a finish that would be able to withstand all of the pints sliding down the bar. Because of their heavy volume of business, the DIY finish on the redwood could only withstand about six months of use. Needless to say, Cooperage decided to call in the pros to refinish their beloved bar. Now the redwood look better than ever and is ready to handle many years of beer enjoyment. As of Friday January 8th, Cooperage is back open and ready to serve you some fantastic new beer. Be sure to try their Bowie is a God IPA in honor of the late, great David Bowie. Cheers to a New Year and new beer!