After months of construction, Shine Beer Sanctuary has opened its doors to serve a massive selection of beer, wine and cider where longstanding restaurant The Garage once stood.

The renovated and expanded building downtown held onto the outdoor space and built a new rooftop patio.

“We call it ‘choose your own adventure,’” said Travis Collins, one of the four owners of Shine. “You can play cribbage, you can get five things of nachos ... If you’re hungry, go to the kitchen. If you’re thirsty, go to the bar.”

Beer is king at Shine, where both the upstairs and downstairs bars have 30 taps. But the Garage’s beloved soup menu remains. Shine opened for the first time on Oct. 11, and Collins said it sold 21 gallons of the soup within 5 hours.

Burrito shop La Parilla moved from its location on Babcock into Shine’s building and expanded its menu to include nachos and street tacos. Many breweries have a staple food truck that lives in its parking lot — Collins said the relationship between Shine and “La Pa” is similar.

Shine has been half-a-decade in the making, if not more. Collins and his wife Julie Collins spent four and a half years writing a business plan.

They partnered with owner Pete Strom and former general manager of the Garage Lindsey Gabrian and got to work. While she’s not an owner, Collins said none of it would have happened without their employee Kate Chan on board, as well.

“All the hard work and ethics come from those two,” he said about Chan and Gabrian.

In addition to the taproom, Shine will have a bottle shop, where an even wider selection of beers will be available. Collins said the bottle shop will be open within the next two weeks, with tentative hours from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Collins and his partners want the space to be a place where people make connections. That’s why there’s not TVs hanging on the walls — at least not yet — and servers don’t come around to ask for orders and inadvertently interrupt conversation.

“It takes a village, truly, to pull this off,” he said. “The whole purpose is to build valuable relationships.”

The Shine Beer Sanctuary is open at 451 E. Main St., from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., on weekdays and 10 p.m., on weekends.

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