I feel like a broken record when talking to people about the brewery lately. It seems like for the past month, we’ve been “getting ready to brew our first batch in the next week or two”. But there are certain things that we absolutely must have before we can start brewing. Power and water are two of those things that we currently do not have yet.
But we have been working hard in preparation for the utilities to be connected so that when they are, we are ready to get going. Our tanks and brewhouse are now set in place and are getting final connections for glycol and utilities this week. Once the fermenters and serving tanks are hooked up to a functional chiller, they will be ready to accept the first batches of beer.
Our pilot system will be functional first, because it is all electric and does not need a gas source, unlike the main brewhouse, which is heated with natural gas. The gas connection is another week or so away from being connected. Water lines will be run inside the building next week, and assuming the power gets turned on by Dominion in time, we plan on brewing our first pilot batch next Thursday!
In other exciting news, the patio was poured last week and looks awesome! The exterior of the building is finishing up, and the parking lot repaving is also nearing completion. Paint is going up inside, our biergarten bench is being built from 100+ year old wood flooring reclaimed from a house that was demolished in Nelson County, and the framing for the bar is in place awaiting the concrete top to be poured in place. The space actually looks like a brewery now! All that’s left is to make some beer, which “should happen in the next week or two”! Still a little far out to have an opening date, but we are aiming for late August/early September, we will keep you posted on our progress!