Progress Report

Things continue to press forward at 284 Broadway, and, after five months of demo, ceiling repair, and under-slab work, we are now ready to start building walls, hooking up tanks, and making the final steps towards brewing!

Though I hesitate to toss out the word "timeline" and "projected date" based on our inaccurate track record, I just can't resist.  Our last big equipment delivery arrives Friday, and our floors will be sealed next Wednesday, so we are a hop, skip, and a jump away from standing the equipment upright, passivating the tanks, and doing some real, honest to goodness brewing (that isn't on our poor abused home system...). Our goal is to have our first big brew day on June 1st, and start distributing kegs and opening our doors for growler fills by late June. The taproom may take a little longer to finish up, so we're aiming for a July soft opening date for this. 

There's beer in the future soon, and little things like kegs, glassware, bar top, etc. are starting to come together. We're getting there. Sloooowly but surely. 

Here’s some pictures detailing what's happened during late March and April:  

Most of the month was spent prepping the floors for sloping and drains - here AC compacts the dirt to get ready for the concrete pour

Most of the month was spent prepping the floors for sloping and drains - here AC compacts the dirt to get ready for the concrete pour

We did lots of digging in the dirt! Here AC preps the new home for our oil sand separator (this will allow us to have trucks drive right into the building for deliveries and pick-ups)

We did lots of digging in the dirt! Here AC preps the new home for our oil sand separator (this will allow us to have trucks drive right into the building for deliveries and pick-ups)

We took lots of measurements to make sure the trench drains were in the exact right spot - turns out these guys are a bit trickier to install than originally thought

We took lots of measurements to make sure the trench drains were in the exact right spot - turns out these guys are a bit trickier to install than originally thought

(courtesy shot to remind you that we are still a brewery - not a construction company - and do hope to prop these tanks upright soon)

(courtesy shot to remind you that we are still a brewery - not a construction company - and do hope to prop these tanks upright soon)

While we were doing trench drains, the masons came and put a massive window into one of the taproom walls - they had to re-do some brick work, and did an absolutely fabulous job

While we were doing trench drains, the masons came and put a massive window into one of the taproom walls - they had to re-do some brick work, and did an absolutely fabulous job

Here's the finished taproom window - cool right!? This will allow folks on the raised level of the taproom to see the bar and into the brewery space

Here's the finished taproom window - cool right!? This will allow folks on the raised level of the taproom to see the bar and into the brewery space

Our kegs were shrink wrapped with our logo and will arrive to the brewery in early June - just in time to be filled with yummy beer...

Our kegs were shrink wrapped with our logo and will arrive to the brewery in early June - just in time to be filled with yummy beer...

We brewed lots of beer in anticipation of scaling it up soon - here's a shot of our Brett IPA

We brewed lots of beer in anticipation of scaling it up soon - here's a shot of our Brett IPA

And we partnered with Chestnut Farms to host their meat CSA this summer! Yum yum

And we partnered with Chestnut Farms to host their meat CSA this summer! Yum yum

We purchased supplies to start growing hops on our massive rooftop (we're hoping for an all Cambridge hopped beer in 2017)

We purchased supplies to start growing hops on our massive rooftop (we're hoping for an all Cambridge hopped beer in 2017)

Here are the planted rhizomes! We have 5 centennial, 5 cascade, and 5 nugget - fingers crossed they all shoot up soon. 

Here are the planted rhizomes! We have 5 centennial, 5 cascade, and 5 nugget - fingers crossed they all shoot up soon. 

Tyler gave the front of the building a much needed power wash (now it's covered with concrete dust again, but it looked good for a day!)

Tyler gave the front of the building a much needed power wash (now it's covered with concrete dust again, but it looked good for a day!)

And, after three tedious days of fiddling and a month of measurements, the trench drain is in and ready for action!

And, after three tedious days of fiddling and a month of measurements, the trench drain is in and ready for action!

Our pilot brewing (3bbl) system was delivered in a bunch of crazy wooden boxes and is snugly housed in the back of the building waiting to be hooked in

Our pilot brewing (3bbl) system was delivered in a bunch of crazy wooden boxes and is snugly housed in the back of the building waiting to be hooked in

AC organized all the pieces for our glycol set-up and starting to assemble the piping

AC organized all the pieces for our glycol set-up and starting to assemble the piping

We built the wall sign after purchasing a nifty stencil maker and hope to put it up soon!

We built the wall sign after purchasing a nifty stencil maker and hope to put it up soon!

The concrete guys filled in the floor over a two day process 

The concrete guys filled in the floor over a two day process 

Smoothing concrete for the brew floor!

Smoothing concrete for the brew floor!

The concrete trucks took up the whole block...

The concrete trucks took up the whole block...

More smoothing...

More smoothing...

I never thought I'd get so excited about concrete, but this new floor may truly be one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. We'll seal it next week then stand the equipment up and start hooking it in shortly thereafter.

I never thought I'd get so excited about concrete, but this new floor may truly be one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. We'll seal it next week then stand the equipment up and start hooking it in shortly thereafter.

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