Opera House Brewing Company in downtown Hillsboro is known for its signature craft beers, brewed right in the basement of their Main Street building.
However, one night a month, owners Anthony and Jennifer Marcolini transform the brewery into a bourbon lounge, with a chance for customers to sample some of the more than 300 varieties of whiskey now part of their collection.
“We’re really excited about our whiskey collection,” said Anthony Marcolini. “We’ve built this collection sort of quietly over the past two years, and now have a really nice whiskey display case where customers can walk up and see the different bottles.”
The brewery is nearing its two-year anniversary, and shortly after opening, the Marcolinis initiated bourbon night events. They were put on hold part of last year due to the ongoing pandemic, but bourbon nights will return on Feb. 24 with a limited number of tickets available for $5.
Marcolini said he spends about four to six hours a week researching bourbon online and works with nine distributors to bring unique, high-end whiskey to this area.
“The good stuff is typically allocated, but working with distributors from all over the area, we have been able to secure some nice whiskeys we wouldn’t normally have access to,” Marcolini said.
On bourbon night, the couple get dressed up and wait tables for the customers, who typically bring in food. They put tablecloths on the tables, along with flowers and candles to really give the feel of a true bourbon lounge.
“And although we only offer bourbon night once a month, bourbon is available anytime we are open,” Marcolini said.