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UPDATE: Garden City's Western Collective Brewery to Add Outdoor Wading Pool, Hot Dog Cart


Update, May 22, 2019: Western Collective Brewery Head of Marketing and Design Melissa Levick told BW that because of the rain in this weekend's forecast, the opening of the wading pool will be postponed. The rest of the Memorial Day party, including the launch of The Weenie Wagon, will continue rain or shine. Levick said The Swim club will welcome guests "as soon as the weather gets better."

Original Story, May 15, 2019:
If you have any doubt that summer is just around the next bend, Western Collective is ready to assuage it. On Friday, May 24, the Garden City brewery and taproom will open a pool and hot dog cart in its backyard beer garden to fill customers up and cool them off in time for the next heat wave.

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The pool, a 2.5-foot-deep, 9-foot-wide stock tank, has been dubbed The Swim Club (or, jokingly, the "cowboy tub"), and Western's Head of Marketing and Design Melissa Levick said it will be outfitted as a full summer experience, complete with turf, retro patio furniture, murals by a local artist and towels. The Weenie Wagon hot dog cart, a Western Collective original, will sit nearby, cranking out gourmet sausages to pair with the brewery's beers, wine slushes and frozen margaritas. Both additions will open for the brewery's Memorial Day Pool Party and Weenie Roast from 10 a.m.-11 p.m. on May 24, and from then on customers will be able to splash in the pool from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays-Sundays.

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"People will be able to kind of put their feet in, sit on the side, drink our frose [frozen rose] or a beer and just be able to cool off. We'll have some cool, cute floaties in there and that kind of stuff too," said Levick.

The beer garden is set up just beyond Western Collective's back garage door, which it rolls up in warm weather. It seats around 100 people, and features an outdoor bar made from a converted Dryer's Ice Cream delivery truck, its very own hop vines, misters and even a disco ball. Levick said The Weenie Wagon will just add to the experience.

"It will be all really high-end Olympia [Provisions] sausages, frankfurters, brats, chorizos, and then we also will have a vegan option and gluten-free buns for those who need that, with like MFT sauces, which are local. I'm trying to track down local potato chips, which I thought would be pretty easy to do, but I don't know that we have any, which is crazy!" said Levick. (She has a backup chip brand in mind out of Boulder, Colorado.)

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The wagon will be open from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily to start, but those hours may tick earlier in the future so that it can sling breakfast sausages to go with Western Collective's morning coffee service, which starts at 7 a.m.

While kids are currently allowed at the brewery during certain hours, Levick said the company, which her husband Cary Prewitt owns, is planning to reevaluate those times with the adults-only pool in mind. As far as keeping the The Swim Club going through the winter, Levick didn't rule anything out.

"We want to test it out for summer, make sure that it works for everybody, and then we'll come up with our winter plan after Labor Day," she said.

The Memorial Day bash will also include the release of Western Collective's new Brose Brut Rose IPA.