the brewing area

having shown pics of the tasting room, it's time to move into the brewing area for an update. below are photos of how the room is coming along. there are some more things that need to be completed before everything is installed and ready to go. it has been a bit slower to get things going than ancipated. but it is what it is...

introducing the 15 barrel (465 gallon) system (from left to right): 15 bbl brite/bottling tank, three 15 bbl fermenters, 17 bbl mash tun with a grist case above, 15 bbl kettle/whirlpool, and 3 bbl glycol reservoir tank.

view from my new fave toy in the brewery -- the scissor lift

brewing platform with a control panel in between the tanks.

st francis of assisi in place to keep an eye on the gauges of the mash tun.

the tasting room

a key element of our business plan and model has been to have a tasting room where people can stop by to purchase and sample beers produced on-site. we received a conditional use permit from the city for such a use. we requested to have open hours to the public on Thursday and Friday evenings and Saturday and Sunday afternoons/early evenings. we have been working on this room and always had a particular vision for it. but given our ever-decresing limited budget, we had to find that balance bewtween affordability and a particular aesthetic. below are pictures of what the room currently looks like.

btw, we could be open to the public now, but first we need to brew the necessary beer to sell -- in other words we need to have beer for you to taste in our "tasting" room :)

we have in our plans to cut out and place an 8ft x 4ft window on the wall looking into the brewing area (red rectangle). my home kegerator is substitute-dispensing for a larger/longer kegerator in the near future.these beams were what we found under the ugly drop-down ceilings. we cleaned them up, installed dimmered warehouse pendant lights and exposed AC vents.

a church pew we purchased from a lovely family in the San Francisco area. this pew was built for a church (Mission Park Congregational Church) in SF in 1909 using local wood. what makes it even more special is that the sides of the pew have our logo carved on them!

don't know much about this chair that we bought at a flea market except that it's pretty darn cool looking. view from the restroom vestibule.view from the front door

oak countertop tables with industrial stools (and a couple of old random kids stools).painted steel doors with our new ADA-complaint restroom signs. we are pretty excited about the signs :)

update 12/7 (continued). more photos.

here are some more photos of our recent progress...

two sea containers worth of equipment came in. adriana and i tried to do it ourselves, but we called in for some help from family/friends. the warehouse full of tanks. that's the monkish forklift. TIP: rather than hiring riggers, just ask your mother and father-in-law to help you stand the first tank. btw, our forklift had no brakes :)tanks mounted (wasnt that easy to do) and now moved in placed and anchored down.recent photo of the tasting room. air condition vents were installed this past weekend.

update 12/7

we are still here...

it has been a while since my last post. as you can imagine things have been very hectic. at some point, we decided to do much of the work ourselves -- given our very limited budget. we do have all of the necessary permits and licenses. so now we need the equipment up and running to start production.

our schedule: we are hoping to brew our first batch by the end of month/year...

well...we pinky promise to be more diligent in updating you on our progress.

here are some photos showing our construction progress since my last post on 8/30 (!).

underground plumbing for the drains in the brewhouse area

trench drain and piping. that's a 6inch diameter pvc schedule 80 (!). bit of an overkill.

pouring of concrete

pouring of concrete. sloped floors!

our tasting room. cleaned the existing beams and added new warehouse pendant lights

construction update 8/30

a quick update:

yesterday we passed inspections for rough plumbing and electrical. the concrete slab is now being prepped.

today we dug outside for the main sewer line for a connection from our trench drain and other drains in the new brewing area. well ... while digging for the sewer line three things were broken: 1) a water line, 2) a gas line, and 3) my sanity. i'll leave it to you to imagine the fun that it caused for us and the other tenants.

what a day...

construction begins. first days.

It has been awhile since i have given a notable update. well things have progressed.

Since last week: choose a contractor. pulled the permit. began contruction.

The job is pretty straight forward (in theory) at this point:

  • Remove approx 1100 sq ft portion of an existing concrete slab to pour a new reinforced slab for the heavy brewing equipment, and to install a trench drain with other plumbing. 
  • Reconfigure the restrooms (in the future tasting room) so they will up to ADA (disability) compliance codes. When I leased the space I thought they were ADA compliant. But they were a bit short for the new codes. Oh well... We are laying out the restrooms in a better design.

Here are some pictures of the progress:

View of the warehouse from the rolling garage door. The exposed wall will be covered.

Demolition. The door is a side door leaving the warehouse to the parking lot. Concrete removed.

The first-floor office which will be the future tasting room. The restrooms will be reconfigured. The door to the left leads into the warehouse space.The restrooms after demo. The floor will need to be saw cut to redo the plumbing.Removing the office-looking, drop-down ceiling for anticipation of the design of the tasting room.