Fiala Brothers brewery opens after three years of construction, COVID-19 challenges
PEORIA (25 News Now) - Years in the making, Uptown Normal’s newest brewery and beer hall is now open to the public.
Fiala Brothers initially proposed the idea three years ago. The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting supply chain issues delayed construction and drove up the costs. one of the brothers behind the project said they are excited to have made it to opening day.
“It changed a few times, we added some things, COVID happened, had trouble getting this and that, prices went up,” Co-owner Steve Fiala said. “Somehow we survived and here we are.”
Despite the challenges, Fiala is glad some of the original intentions for the restaurant survived the construction process. On the streetside, a garage door opens the main hall of the brewery to the street. Upstairs, a rooftop balcony allows guests to view Uptown Normal. The balcony required stronger steel beams to support the weight, but fiala said it was worth the extra cost.
“We said ‘we gotta do it,’ we wanted the rooftop,” Fiala said. “Uptown Normal is such a beautiful place and the views up there are great and I think people are really going to enjoy them.”
They currently have 24 beers on tap, some local. They will add six beers brewed in-house after some final liquor licenses acquired.
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