We are open!

We hope to see you soon!

Thanks to everyone who came out! You made our opening day a great success.

Until further notice, the taproom will be open from 10am to 10pm every day.

Getting close…

We are *almost* ready to open!

At this point we’re just putting in a few finishing touches while awaiting final approval from the State… after which we’ll open up right away.

There may not be a lot of advanced warning because I won’t know we’re approved until it happens, so stay tuned here and to our Facebook page because that’s our fastest way to keep you updated.

Fence and railing installed outside – we are approved for outdoor seating as long as we installed a barrier. Looking forward to enjoying your craft beer al fresco? We’ve got you covered!

Taproom Completion

The taproom is finally coming together. The crew spent some time assembling furniture that’s been lurking in pallets until it was safe to come out… in other words, “Are you guys done painting yet???”

I have a feeling this might be the last time we ever see this room so empty. The guys are rolling out a final coat of floor sealant on the night before furniture day.

Brewery gear! We have more designs arriving before opening, too.

18-foot Shuffleboard table just got delivered. I really need to practice!

Speaking of games I need to practice…

Draft Beer System

Our draft beer system is up and running!

Kegs are stored in an 8′ x 15′ walk-in cooler that’s located back in the brewery. The beer travels through about 90 feet of chilled & insulated “trunk line” to reach the taproom.

In the cooler, each keg is connected to an independent CO2 regulator which allows us to maintain the appropriate carbonation level for each beer.

Each beer also has a booster pump [the black boxes] which adds some ‘push’ to keep the beer flowing through 90 feet of tubing since you can’t just turn up the CO2 pressure on the keg without over-carbonating the beer.

Just before the beer enters the Trunk Line it passes through a foam detector [the clear jars] that immediate stops the flow when the keg goes empty. That prevents wasting a line full of beer when a keg “kicks.”

Here you can see all 12 beer lines [with identifying stripes] coming together to form the “Trunk Line” as it exits the cooler. The red, white, black, and blue tubes are full of chilled glycol (a food-grade antifreeze) which circulates through the Trunk Line, all the way taps and back. That glycol refrigerates the entire Trunk Line *and* the faucets so every beer pours smooth and cold.

The shiny stainless steel half-loops show where glycol enters the Trunk Line.

On top of the walk-in cooler is a “Power Pack” (a dedicated glycol chiller for the draft system) that both cools and constantly circulates gylcol through the Trunk Line.

Here’s a behind… well… below-the-scenes look at the taps. We have 12 taps that are made up of four 3-tap modules. In this photo you’re looking below the counter under two of them. You can also see where the trunk line ends… 90 feet from the walk-in cooler.

Each of these tubing bundles contains three beer lines and two glycol (chilling) lines. Beer is on a one-way trip to the taps but the glycol needs additional lines. It flows up to chill the metal taps but then it turns around and heads back to the chiller in a closed loop.

After leak-testing the system, the beer & glycol lines were wrapped with foam tape and PVC tape… just like the rest of the trunk line. The lines are maintained at serving temperature so without a lot of insulation they would condense moisture from the air and make a mess.

The white tubes are drains from the drip trays.

My favorite thing about using a beer pump system? It allows us to put Nitro beer on any tap!

Construction Updates

It’s been a while since our last post so there’s a lot of progress to report.


The drive-in cooler is assembled, and waiting for refrigeration to be installed next week.


We’ve started painting the taproom and building the bar.


The first Heat Pump/Furnace units have been installed. Eventually there will be five separate units installed.

 

Progress Report and New Equipment

There’s been a lot going on at the brewery over the last few weeks. All of the walls are up with the exception of the fire exit corridor, which should be complete by the middle of this coming week.


With drywall applied to one side of each wall, the plumbers and electricians are finishing up their installations which will be inspected before the walls are sealed up.

Every once in a while we get a break in the weather! Here Rohry is working on taking down the rotten old “side wings” on the front overhang. Fortunately the central overhang is in good shape.

New grain crusher

New grain case

Keg washer, beer pump, and temperature controls

Framing begins

The studs arrived with only two hours left to work, but the crew made a good start on framing the walls. This will be the wall between the taproom and the brewery, and you can start to see the location of big viewing windows we’re installing behind the bar so everyone can observe the brewery.


Moving to the back of the building, the final part of our drainage system is ready for laying pipe. After connecting our new plumbing to the sanitary line (that drains everything out to the sewer) inspection with a fiber optic camera revealed that the existing sanitary line is corroded and in risk of collapse. Theref we’re extending our new drain plumbing all the way out to the sewer connection.

Concrete Pouring

Today the crew poured all the concrete for the front of the brewery. This includes the bar, the restrooms, the janitor’s closet, and the brewery trench drains. In the next few weeks we’ll have one more pour to cover a new sewer line… which is currently being excavated.


Brewhouse drain pad


Finishing touches

Restrooms

Fermentor drain pad


Fermentor drain pad on the left, and the bright tank drain pad on the right


Bar drains

Trenching, Tanks, and more

Now that the drain pipes have been inspected, the crew spent some time refilling with dirt and sand, then compacting it down to the right level for pouring new concrete.

Once that’s complete, smaller areas are dug out for trench drains. Next ,the dirt receives a plastic liner which will allow the concrete to cure properly… without the liner, water from the concrete mix might seep into the ground prematurely.

Meanwhile, we’ve finally got broadband and WiFi!

A surprise call came in today – our first shipment of tanks showed up ahead of schedule. Fortunately Rohry and Forrest were willing to stick around after their shift to help unload them.

Yeah, it’s finally time to let everyone go home.

Progress on plumbing & lights

The crew is hard at work on our plumbing and electrics. That PVC pipe organ is all of the drains for the new taproom’s restrooms.

Hooking allĀ  the drainage together involves getting literally down & dirty!

And in other news… the lights are finally coming on!