We are putting together a rough updated schedule and planning to begin operations.
We are hoping for a first brew day of 3/31/14 and a quick second on the next day (April Fools Day – but this is no joke!). Of course, we are always prepared for delays.
The following week would tentatively be the third brew day, and then we’d have beer in all our (big) fermenters. Immediately after that, we leave for Denver for the Craft Brewers Conference, and let me tell you, it will sure feel good to be there with beer in our tanks and three brew days under our belts. Though leaving our precious beer behind will be a challenge and I imagine at least once we’ll head back-and-forth for checks to ensure everything is as it should be.
If we can keep that schedule, we’d begin launching in accounts in early May, and open the tap room on site by the end of the month – just in time for Memorial Day weekend.
But there is a lot to do between now and then. The beginning of the glycol assembly process revealed missing parts and some last-minute changes that required orders for more and more parts. Unfortunately the parts we’re missing are the ones we need FIRST, so the entire process has been a bit delayed. That said, our missing part shipments are en route now and will be here by the end of the week.
The best news is, it’s smelling like a brewery in here today – Nate busted out a small batch yesterday on our trusty pilot system, and this begins the onerous but necessary tax-paying and form-filling (and beer-selling!) process.
We’re awfully busy, and things are still moving more slowly than we’d like, but progress is progress, and we’ll take it!