Things Are Happening! Seriously!

After our first few months of demo and renovations at 284 Broadway, we thought construction was destined to be a very slow and painful process, and we had resigned ourselves to opening someday, but probably not any point soon. However, the last few weeks have proved that very serious and very quick construction progress is actually possible for a brewery (and here we give a big shout out to the fantastic plumbers, framers, electricians, HVAC guys, masons, and welders who have been busting their butts to help us open), and we are shockingly not too far away from firing up the pilot system. Glycol is being hooked up as I type, the brewhouse is piped in, water and gas lines are criss-crossing the building, framing is up, electrical is nearly complete, and the HVAC system installation is almost done. We have our initial malt and hops order all queued up and ready to go, and we're frantically piecing together the brew schedule for our first few weeks. 

So, what's stopping us from giving the pilot system a whirl? Mainly gas. Because there's always something.

Turns out, NStar would like to replace our main gas pipe for free (yay!), but they can't schedule us for the service until "mid to late June" (damn. We knew it was too good to be true - but at least it's not mid to late August!). Unfortunately, they are "requesting" that we do not use the gas until they complete the upgrade (aka they shut off our gas), so we're waiting to start brewing until this service occurs. But everything else is basically ripping to go, and once NStar comes through, we're officially ready to enter the big leagues.    

And meanwhile, here are some pictures detailing the progress that occurred during the glorious and rainy month of May! 

We received our brewhouse at the beginning of May, and had a jolly time trying to fit it through the garage door and into the building

We received our brewhouse at the beginning of May, and had a jolly time trying to fit it through the garage door and into the building

Receiving our refrigeration panels was also an interesting test of coordination and frustration, but everything is in safe and sound!

Receiving our refrigeration panels was also an interesting test of coordination and frustration, but everything is in safe and sound!

Once the tanks were in the building, we started standing them up one by one. Here's a 40bbl fermentors balancing on two forklifts on its way upwards

Once the tanks were in the building, we started standing them up one by one. Here's a 40bbl fermentors balancing on two forklifts on its way upwards

And we got it upright! *huge sigh of relief*

And we got it upright! *huge sigh of relief*

After waiting for the new concrete floor to cure, we taped everything off, swept ~60 times, and sealed the floor with five layers of a polyurethane coat to protect it from brewery wear and tear

After waiting for the new concrete floor to cure, we taped everything off, swept ~60 times, and sealed the floor with five layers of a polyurethane coat to protect it from brewery wear and tear

Here's the finished floor looking shiny and ready for action!

Here's the finished floor looking shiny and ready for action!

Framing went up in a hot second, and the electricians and HVAC team starting running wires and pipes like madmen. You can start to picture the taproom, bathrooms, and lab space within these walls 

Framing went up in a hot second, and the electricians and HVAC team starting running wires and pipes like madmen. You can start to picture the taproom, bathrooms, and lab space within these walls 

Lucius helped weld and finalize the hook-ups on our brewhouse

Lucius helped weld and finalize the hook-ups on our brewhouse

And the plumbers let sparks fly as they cut pipes for the gas line

And the plumbers let sparks fly as they cut pipes for the gas line

Our rooftop hops are also chugging along at a vaguely alarming rate - we just rigged up a trellis system and some are up to 5 ft tall

Our rooftop hops are also chugging along at a vaguely alarming rate - we just rigged up a trellis system and some are up to 5 ft tall

And, of course, we are continually brewing and testing recipes on the side! We're getting especially excited for the beer/coffee collaboration possibilities with Longfellows

And, of course, we are continually brewing and testing recipes on the side! We're getting especially excited for the beer/coffee collaboration possibilities with Longfellows

That's all for now! Updates on the official first brew day coming at you soon! Happy June!

That's all for now! Updates on the official first brew day coming at you soon! Happy June!

Cheers,

Cayla

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