in the neighborhood was already trademarked probably so we need a good catch phrase to hype the new menu. Send your thoughts and feelings.
Friends of Beer,
We have very exciting news, we’re finally building a human sized kitchen to meet your needs.
What does this means?
We’re planning to expand our menu, not just increased food options, but with the new kitchen, we’ll be able to apply for a Class 7 license which will allow us to also sell wine, cider and distilled spirits. It also means that we’d be able to stay open later, so no more last call at 10pm
How will this affect my ability to get your beer?
Excellent question, in order for our construction team to effectively work without disturbing your ability to enjoy your favorite beers, we’ve adjusted our hours.
NEW HOURS – Effective Wednesday, November 13
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 3-10pm
Friday & Saturday 10am – 10pm
Sunday 10am – 8pm
(Don’t forget, we’re here to serve you from 10am-10pm on Veterans Day with a 30% discount on your visit for all patrons with a military ID.)
We’re anxious for the cold weather to break so that we can move forward with building the new entrance ramp. Not only is it a bit cold for excavating the ramp’s foundation – they can’t pour standard concrete in this weather.
Since timing is everything… the cold hit after the old HVAC system was removed but before the new one was installed. Ironically, we’ve got to wait for warmer weather to install the new heating system.
For now though we’re heating with a couple of kerosene “torpedo” heaters to keep the work crews happy (not to mention preventing the pipes from freezing.)
You really get a sense of how big the building is when two of these demons can barely sustain 50 degrees inside! Fortunately they’re good enough to let indoor work proceed while we all complain about the weather.
Now that the edges are cut, the concrete to be removes is jackhammered into pieces that a bulldozer can remove. This is a loud and dusty job… but so satisfying.
The jackhammer basically perforates the areas to be removed.
Slabs and chunks waiting for the bulldozer.
The jackhammer attachment is swapped for a bulldozer bucket.
It’s beginning to look like a rectangle.
After the bulldozer was finished, the next day was all about shoveling out the small debris and sweeping out the entire building.
Work has begun on the concrete floor. The largest areas will be cut out to add sloped-floor drainage, others drains are being cut for restrooms, bar drains, and plumbing.
This machine does a lot of damage in the wrong hands… which is why I’m not allowed to touch it. The water-fed wet saw prevents choking everyone with concrete dust , then a shop-vac is used to suck up the leftover slurry.
This photo makes it look kind of like fresh snowfall, but that’s all the powdered concrete slurry resulting from the cuts.
The cuts give a clean edge to all the areas where concrete must be removed. Next, a jackhammer will be used to break up the unwanted areas, and then they’ll bring in a small backhoe or bulldozer to scoop up all the chunks.
Once we’re down to dirt, the dirt will be trenched for plumbing, and groomed to the desired pitch for sloped drain floors before fresh concrete is poured. Expect a lot of photos to come!
The construction crew has been hard at work demolishing the old floor tiles. They’ve got a machine (thanks again to United Rentals!) that is basically a lawnmower for floor tiles. On one hand its amazing to see how fast it chops up floor tiles, on the other hand… cutting an 8″ wide path at a very slow walking speed means it’s still a lot of work to scrape 20,000 square feet of floor area!
Today the crew was chopping, shoveling, and carting tile debris out to the dumpsters, and I’m told they’ll be at it all day tomorrow before they expect to be finished.
Now that we’ve got the building permits, the guys at RE Construction are busy chopping out all the ACME remnants to give us a wide open space.
The scissor lift arrived, and by the time I posted this photo a whole lot more of the ceiling, and the remaining upper wall portions are being torn out. There’s already been a lot of progress since I took these photos.
That also means that the last few working light fixtures left over from the ACME have been removed – so it gets dark in there! You can also see a lot of old wiring. It looks like a mess but it’s actually much tidier than the “old wiring” we saw in other locations. Besides which, it’s all being removed so the brewery’s electrical wiring will be brand new.
It took a while to get together all the various licenses & permits for interior & exterior renovations, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, groundwater and wastewater… but now all that stuff has been approved… and Queen Anne’s County has signed off on our Construction Permit!
Visibly changes will start coming a lot quicker now, so we’ll have more photos to post as RE Construction swings into high gear starting with interior demolition. Stay tuned for messy, messy photos…
Today we finally submitted all the required drawings for our building permit. Many thanks to Torchio Architects and SAI Engineering for bringing this together.
We’re really happy with the design. In the brewery we’ve got nice layout to keep our workflow organized plus plenty of room to expand production as required. The taproom has been divided into two rooms; one more like a bar and the other more like a performance space. We also ended up with a nice plan for the restrooms – The bigger our taproom areas the higher our occupancy rating, which leads to someone saying “you guys need to add more restrooms” so that became a project in itself.
And that big roll-up door in the brewery? It starts 28 inches above ground outside so it needs a ramp. We’ll want to be able to haul out our spent brewing grain with a forklift since the truck loading doors won’t be much help with that… unless we wanted to block one of the docks with a grain dumpster. Next thing you know, planning that ramp means you’re rearranging the parking spaces. Fortunately we still have a LOT of parking.
Soon the cutting and smashing will begin. There’s still a ton (probably literally) of old wiring and electrical panels leftover from the supermarket that have to come out. We’re eager to post some “clean slate” photos after demolition… and especially to start documenting all the construction. It’s been fun imagining this stuff on paper but seeing every drain, every light switch, every little fixture we agonized over come together in the real world.
It’s been a while since our last post but we’re still grinding away!
We’re working with our architects, electrical, and mechanical engineers to generate the package needed for our building and renovation permits. The plans are coming together nicely! Our architect has worked out a very nice arrangement for restrooms and fire exits that’s much more elegant than the preliminary sketches we gave her; and now we’re digging into the minute details like choosing HVAC systems, light fixtures, and plumbing fixtures. That type of stuff all gets loaded into a sort of “energy study” of the building.
Fun fact: When renovating an older commercial property, once the scope of the project gets large enough, you need to bring the building up to the latest energy efficiency standards. Of course this is a good idea and will pay off in the long run, but it’s great to have a good architectural and engineering firm in your corner because it’s a surprisingly meticulous process.