Location Update 2

September 19, 2014 at 12:24 AM

Well, I’m sad to say that negotiations did not work out for the location we were attempting to acquire. So the search continues.

Starting a business has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. There are a million rules, regulations, and decisions. The list of tradeoffs is staggeringly long. Not only do you have to raise money, you have to learn all the nuances of the county/city regulations, learn how to legally set up your organization, learn all the brewing regulations for your state, learn how to manage a company, to manage people, manage websites, social media; the list is exhaustive and you haven’t even opened the doors yet or earned your first dollar. Then you have to convince someone to let you lease a space. That person might be out of state and the process can be excruciatingly slow. It’s an experience only a crazy person would undertake.

Being an entrepreneur is not for the faint of heart. For those of you that think being a good brewer means being able to run or start a brewery, you are in for a huge surprise. I however am crazy. You have to be to try and start a business like this. You have to be an optimist and you have to want it so badly and be so focused that you almost will the business into existence.

Even though we’ve hit a snag, we’re not going to give up. Every failure is an opportunity to learn and grow. I think we will find a location very soon and all of this juggling will be a thing of the past. New experiences will create new failures and new learning opportunities.

Here’s to new opportunities.

Cheers.

Location Update

September 14, 2014 at 2:29 AM

We’ve begun negotiations on a location. We’re really hopeful that this will work out. I’m hoping to update in the next couple weeks with good news.

In the meantime, we’re brewing up some more beer and finishing up the grain mill. Irish red will be going in the fermenter tomorrow.

Also we will soon roll out an offer that you can’t refuse. More details to come!

And now for something completely different…

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Some ribs we cooked up on the smoker. Beautiful.

What’s been brewin’?

September 5, 2014 at 2:10 AM

Things are brewing on a location! We’ve furiously been looking for somewhere to call home and we may have found it. Nothing is final, but we have high hopes.

On the beer front, we’ve been brewing up some beers, winning more medals in competition, and trying out new recipes. I’ll soon be able to get my hands on fresh ingredients for a special beer I’ve been working on. For right now it’s…

On the BBQ front, we have a provisional menu established and I can’t wait to get some of our unique creations on your plate. Be sure to check out the menu page!

Cheers!

Equipment Updates!

September 5, 2014 at 1:54 AM

The mill is almost ready! We have a 13″ three roller¬†Jim Boney Malt Mill. We designed and built a custom cabinet and hopper for it. When it’s all done we should be able to mill 40 lb of malt per minute! This mill will allow us to grow without adding additional time to the brew day.

In line oxygenation! We have a 100 lb O2 tank and an inline oxygenation stone on the chilling side. So much better for the beer to be able to control the O2 rate going into the wort.

We’ll be heading to Half Way There this weekend and will be stopping by Brew Fab in St. Pete to see what they can do for us about brite tanks and a keg washer manifold.

We won’t be pouring, but be sure to visit the Brandon Bootleggers and my buddies at Hidden Springs Ale Works¬†for some terrific beer!

Coming soon: HERMS controller, more fermenters, keg washer, and brite tanks

Cheers!