The other day Tim posted a comment asking: “How many sqft did you need to start, and what is your batch capacity (10BBL, 20BBL)?”
The building we have is 4,500 total square feet, although the brewhouse will only end up being about 1,500 square feet. Our batch capacity is 17 Bbls maximum, but our average batch size will probably be around 15 Bbls (due to fermenter head-space). I think probably the smallest building you would want for a brewery this size would be 2,000 square feet, but that wouldn’t allow very much room for growth over the years.
Our building is probably bigger than we need at the moment, but it will certainly give us ample room for growth in the future. The tap-room area only takes up about 1,200 square feet, so we could easily triple our current number of fermenters, and grow the brewhouse significantly, without getting too cramped.
This is all kind of related to a meeting we had today with the Department of Building & Safety, in which we were looking at square footage for all areas of our building. We took our preliminary set of floor plans to show them, which includes our proposed layout for the tap-room and brewhouse. The good news is that there are no major problems with our plans, and that we should be able to move forward as soon as we get our Conditional Use Permit (for serving alcoholic beverages) from the City approved.
For us, the main purpose of the meeting was to establish the maximum occupancy load for the tap-room, determine how many exits we need, based on that occupant load (for fire safety purposes), and to determine the number of parking spaces required for the building. As I said earlier, most of this information is based on square footage in various areas of the building, and then multiplied by a ratio determined by the Building Code.
Anyway, all of this information is needed to complete our Conditional Use Permit application, which we are very close to submitting. If all goes well, we should be able to submit our application early next week! Finally!! I’ll keep you all posted…