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September 2016


The truck that was supposed to arrive at 10am and the one that was supposed to arrive at noon were both sitting at the brewery when Bob, the general contractor, went to the brewery around 7am. Considering that it was dusk by the time we ended up calling it a day, an earlier-than-expected morning was [...]

Preparation for Equipment Delivery Day

Things have been moving at a crazy pace. There's been all sorts of plumbing and electrical progress: We even built a giant door for our cooler: And then installed said door: Here it is with a water bottle to show scale: Did I mention it was enormous? We laid slab and placed our boiler, chiller, [...]

Behold Our Ridiculous Floor

It's seemed like the floor has been the cause all of our biggest problems so far. First it was the drains that set us back. More recently, it's been the epoxy grout for the quarry tile we're using. The wait has been excruciating, especially knowing that our brewing system is sitting on trucks somewhere in Canada. [...]

August 2016

All Sorts of Progress

It's probably been the busiest couple of weeks yet. The most dramatic event by far was the arrival of the chiller: It started with a call at 2pm on Monday from a nice lady who asked me if we could unload the shipment today or if they needed to wait until tomorrow. A mad scramble [...]

July 2016

I Could Watch This Guy All Day Long

I'm starting a brewery. I really shouldn't be envying how much fun someone else is having at their job: Every start involved a wheelie or some spinning tires. I'd never challenge this guy to a go-cart race, that's for sure. The video doesn't do his skills justice. On top of that, holes are filled, there are [...]

RIP Ugly Walk-In Cooler

  Not only was the walk-in an eyesore, but it wasn't going to serve its intended purpose very well either. Almost a complete rebuild was in order, along with new insulation:       And finally, the world's ugliest walk-in cooler is no more:     It might actually look nice when it's finished.

Making a Mess

It's been a busy couple of weeks. The new pony wall separating the tap room from the brewery started to go up right after holes got dug for what will soon be new trench and spot drains and updated underground plumbing:     The wall is done (on the brewery side, at least), but the [...]


With demolition and plans done and permission from the city to start some work, it's time for the wash-down walls in the brewing area to go up and for the walk in to get a complete rebuild. Here's the newer, taller cooler door: And the start of the walls: More walls: Another view: This little [...]

June 2016

And a Bit More Demolition…

Now you can see all the way to the back: And light reaches what will soon be the brewhouse: Next step, a new half-wall and flooring!


In the early planning stages, the whole brewery project felt pretty surreal. The jump from a bunch of ideas to the creation of a brick-and-mortar business that makes delicious liquid happiness is huge one, for sure, but the disconnect between the plan and actually going ahead with the plan is even more dramatic than I [...]