Hey we made it, after several building department issues toward the end, we recieved our certificate of occupancy, and commenced brewing on aug 2. With an open house tasting on aug 22. The first batch is a Belgian pale ale, and our first keg is on tap today at the hoppy gnome.
Sorry people, this blog has not been my highest priority, I really wanted to capture the day to day goings on of the process of opening a brewery, and while I don't update this blog as much as I'd like, I still think you get a good idea. This process has at times been extreamly fast paced, where a week goes by in the blink of an eye, and everyday is very busy with construction, installing new equipment, and just trying to keep things organized. At other times, things get held up, progress is slow, all you can do is wait for something to happen. Right now we're having building permit issues, I had to hire an architect to submit drawings to the state, which isn't motivated to get the paperwork pushed through. I did happen upon a great architect who is also a home brewer and is definatly helping me out, Thank you so much Brent Burris! Starting this brewery is reminding me so much of my long dista...
Wow, a lot has been happening here at Birdboy. First we've aquired a building, 210 e collins rd in Fort Wayne. Its just a little office/warehouse, but it seems perfectly suited to brewing some great beer. We've applied for our Federal brewery permit and as of yesterday it has entered the final stages of approval, which seems amazing it's only been a month, and you hear it takes 4 months. The federal tax and trade beurea people have been really friendly and great to deal with. I've ordered all the equipment which includes 2 seven barrel fermentors, 2 brite tanks, and a 7 barrle kettle. The fermentors arrived at UPS where I picked them up, and with the help of a few of the MASH club guys we unloaded into the new building. Everything is coming together, and looks good for a july opening.
Sorry it's been a while since I posted any progress, but there wasn't much exciting going on over the summer. Looked at a lot of different buildings, set up a bank account, found a great accountant, managed to get a $1000 grant from Co-starters and Art link thank you to both of them very much! But now I feel like we're entering a very exciting time, very close to closing on a building, after which we can apply for our brewing permits, and start installing equipment. I'm excited to see what will happen in the next few months. For now enjoy this insperational turtle picture!
I spent this week with Tom Hennesy, at Colorado Boy pub and brewery, in Ridgeway, CO. Tom has helped more than 50 breweries, and brewpubs get up and running. We've come up with a solid plan, to take over an existing restaurant space, with an affordable brewhouse, how to manage the business, and brewed a batch of french saison. Tom also plugged me into his network of over 100 past students. Tom gave me a lot of confidence in my plan, now I feel like I have a definative direction to move in, and I'm really excited to get back and start making some progress.
Today was a big day for Birdboy Brewing. We now have our first significant piece of brewing equipment: a dairy tank from an Amish farm in Grabill, Indiana. It's a 300 gallon bulk milk tank that will act as our mash tun with the addition of a false bottom. It took a great deal of effort for the Amish family and me to hoist this thing up and out of a window, but we somehow managed it. I thanked them each with an Octoberfest which they greatly appreciated. We're excited see what new brews this new tank will make possible!
Today is officially the birthday of Birdboy Brewing, at least in the eyes of the state of Indiana. I just recieved my approval from the state secretary for the registration of Birdboy Brewing Company, LLC. Today also marks the beginning of Birdboybrewing.com, so thanks for visiting. Stay tuned as I will be posting new blog entries and information to our website as more becomes certain. This is a very exciting time!