Renovations Begin!

Last week marked the first few days of renovations at 284 Broadway, and we're really excited at what's been accomplished already. We were basically handed a concrete and brick box that has no business being a brewery (but the location! we just couldn't say no...), so we have a bit of an uphill battle to turn it into our dream space. But, with the help of our fantastic architect/GC and some mighty power tools, the progress is already well underway. 

The first month is dedicated to demo (interior walls, insulation, electric, digging trench drains, etc.), and then we'll turn to rebuilding, placing equipment, and piping everything to begin brewing. Luckily, the building is a beautiful ~10,000 sqft and has no lingering environmental issues from the car garage that previously occupied it, so, even though we're starting without too much help on the utility front, we do have the foundation in place for a fantastic space. 

I'm doing my best to document the progress so that we can have some stellar before and after shots, and also keep all you thirsty folks informed as we chip away and get closer and closer to opening. 

So without further ado...here are some pictures to recap our first week!

Here's the space on day 1 - most of the interior walls on the left (which is the right side of the building when facing from Broadway) will come out to make room for the taproom 

Okay - and here's that left side...full of beautiful empty space for lots of shiny brewery tanks - not much demo needs to be done here, but we do need to add some floor drains and re-work the water and electrical - there's also all the old insulation in the ceiling that has to come out to make room for the tanks and the wet brewing environment

Look! An empty dumpster!

Look! An empty dumpster!

And eight hours later...he's full of all sorts of fun trash left over from our auto shop friends - the most exciting thing we found was a "vintage" bottle of some unknown liquor hidden in the framing of the office walls - looked like whiskey, smelled like rubbing alcohol, and tasted like...just kidding! We're not suicidal.

An impressive bunch of worker bees and their pile of old wooden walls!

An impressive bunch of worker bees and their pile of old wooden walls!

AC and Aaron deconstruct a questionably assembled platform in record time

AC and Aaron deconstruct a questionably assembled platform in record time

And here's AC again, further showing off his sledgehammering feats and Thor like abilities.

And here's AC again, further showing off his sledgehammering feats and Thor like abilities.

And Laura - looking both safe and cute while ripping off old baseboards - not an easy task.

And Laura - looking both safe and cute while ripping off old baseboards - not an easy task.

And here's my handiwork! Adding some logos and free advertising to our windows so that neighbors know what all this construction is about. We've had a lot of sad people stop by wondering where they can get their car fixed...and unfortunately, we don't know where Metric Systems will be moving, but we can offer good beer in a few months instead. Cheers!

More next week!

Cayla