CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Ann Saville hopes she won't be an April fool this year.
She's targeting the first of April to open her long-awaited, still-unnamed brew pub in a storefront along Quarrier Street.
"We'd like to do it before, but we keep running into hiccups," Saville said Wednesday while on a site visit.
Curious pedestrians who peer through the picture windows can see the tanks -- five gleaming fermentation tanks and five "bright" or serving tanks -- awaiting final installation in the brewery room, and imagine the variety of ales and porters that soon will flow from the taps.
"Everywhere I go, people are asking about this," said George Saville, his mother's "number two" son (she has four). He's helping with engineering and finances. Two other sons also are involved, including John, the general contractor.
"John, he was up at The Greenbrier. Someone asked him when we're opening," Ann Saville said. "I was in the airport in Charlotte. Someone said, 'Oh, aren't you the one who's opening the brew pub?' People are excited."
George Saville oversaw the delivery of the 10 tanks, manufactured by a beer consultant in California. They barely cleared the wall opening, he said.
"They're so expensive, stainless steel. 'Don't scratch it.' They're 10-hectoliter tanks -- 1,000 liters. Everything in the beer business is in liters or barrels."
The brewery has a sunken floor to provide enough ceiling height -- 14 feet -- for the mash tank, he said.
Although the tanks are impressive, much of the equipment has yet to arrive. "We haven't got the beer-making outfit, the high-efficiency beer-making outfit. We still need the boiler and the mill. But things are taking shape."
Following architect David Marshall's design, carpenters have framed the interior walls. Ann Saville pointed out the mechanical area, mill room, kitchen, bathrooms and dining area.