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November 2016

Brewery Hours From Now Until Our Grand Opening

The good news is that plans for our taproom are finally submitted to the city. The bad news is that even if the city is quick to approve everything, which they have been so far, we've got about a month of work to do. Exactly how much is unclear, so we don't have a grand [...]

October 2016

If You’re Opening a Brewery, Hire Dan Christopherson

I'm a lawyer, and I've hired lots of lawyers to work for me over the course of the past several years. I've hired lawyers to represent me on occasion too (not criminal, of course, except that one time, so quit thinking such negative thoughts). Anyway, I'm probably a better-than-average judge of a lawyer's abilities. Also, [...]

Meet Our Brewer Weedy

I was psyched when we locked in the perfect building for the brewery. Our contractor has killed it with the build thus far. I was particularly thrilled when our beautiful equipment arrived, and now that we're on the verge of brewing, I couldn't be happier with how the brewery is shaping up, irritating delays notwithstanding. None [...]

September 2016

Equipment!

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 [...]