We're still chugging...
Despite our lack of updates (sorry!), the last few weeks have treated us quite well, and a few important things are now in motion.
1. Equipment: We placed our initial brewhouse deposit with Mark’s Design and Metalworks, a fantastic equipment manufacturer based out of Vancouver, WA, just a few weeks ago. We visited the facility back in February and were really impressed by their hospitality, craftsmanship, and dedication to using American stainless. After the rave reviews from other breweries who sport their equipment, it was a no brainer to pull the trigger and begin production on our very own 20 bbl brewhouse. The set-up is scheduled to be arrive in Cambridge on February 1st , and the last few weeks have been a whirlwind of figuring out equipment specs, coordinating with our architect and GC, and ogling the beautiful blueprints and pictures of the tanks.
2. Paperwork: Though we received our Federal brewing permit in August, we’re still working on the paperwork to submit our ABCC state license. Turns out you need a rather absurd number of documents to prove that you haven’t done something illegal to fund the project (we haven’t). They require background checks on all investors, managers, and anyone that’s ever uttered the phrase Lamplighter Brewing Co. And then there’s the obvious stuff: our full lease, floor plans, Certificate of Organization, LLC articles, brewery bond, first born child, etc. After two happy months of coordinating the logistics and paperwork, we finally have a binder that weighs a lovely 5 lbs, 6 oz and is almost ready to send off to the state.
3. Renovations: This one has also taken a bit longer than anticipated due to some excitement around properly placing emergency exits. Let’s say there was a fire in the taproom: the obvious choice is that people run out the front door. But, as any safety concerned person will inquire, what if the flames are blocking that front exit? Do you chug as much beer as possible and resign yourself to a fiery doom? No. Because we are providing you with an even better option: take your beer and make a break for the back door. Unfortunately, it turns out that this back egress is not code compliant, because it drops you onto an unsuspecting neighbor's lawn rather than onto public property. Though the neighbor has graciously agreed to let people run onto their property in an emergency, this requires a bit more than a phone call and a handshake. Thankfully, our trusty and resourceful attorneys are helping us get an easement in place so that the exit is viable and the code consultant doesn’t have a heart attack.
With all this in place, the real fun will begin in early November when we enter the building with power washers and sledgehammers and go to town. It will take a few weeks to smash down most of the non-supporting interior walls in an effort to create a big, empty concrete box, and then we’ll get started on revamping the utilities, building drains, constructing the taproom, and making the glorious brewery space of your dreams. All in all, it should be a 6-month renovation process, so the beer will be flowing in May of 2016.
4. Beers: We’re certainly having a thrilling time applying for licenses and drafting easements, but we haven’t missed the opportunity to continue honing our tasty spread of recipes. We’ll have a sneak preview blog post about our flagship brews in a few weeks, and even more info after that on can art and taproom fun. We also just had the chance to visit our friends at Fazenda Coffee Roasters in Dedham, and are getting excited by the idea of incorporating some of their roasts in our beers. On top of that, we’re hoping to serve their coldbrew tea and coffee on tap in the in the tasting room for our caffeine minded friends. Yum yum!
That’s all for now – have a fabulous long weekend!