Missy Ketterl, Terry Sando and Julie Anderson

Goose River Brewing owner Terry Sando, center, raises a toast to the impending weekend opening of the Hillsboro brewpub alongside server Missy Ketterl, left, and pub manager Julie Anderson.

Terry Sando has big dreams for his brewpub, even though he intends to start small. After two years of planning – a timeframe filled with delays he never imagined – Sando will open Goose River Brewing in downtown Hillsboro on Sunday.

The grand unveiling of the family-friendly brewpub will offer patrons their first peek into the city’s new microbrewery, although Sando promises the best is still to come.

Supply chain issues, inspection delays and workforce shortages will force the former Air National Guard colonel to sell canned and bottled beer and frozen pizzas in his first few days after opening the brewpub at 24 W. Caledonia.

However, within a month – and prior to Hillsboro Days in June when people will pack the city – Sando believes the downtown hot spot will begin cooking up grub in the kitchen and making its own beer with its in-house, three-barrel brewing system.

“Right away, we’ll be having pizza, pop and beer and use (the opening) as more of a training event until we can get our staff assembled,” Sando said Tuesday.

“But we’re excited to bring people in and give them a tour of the place.”

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