December has been a busy month. Of course, there was the usual holiday planning, preparation, travels, and associated madness, but I also spent most of the month working on another project for my “day-job” to make sure the bills get paid while we wait for the city to release us from its bureaucratic headlock.
Hmmm…do you detect a note of bitterness? You betcha! In fact I’m so bitter at this point that chewing on raw hop pellets wouldn’t even phase me. And where does all this bitterness come from, you ask? Well, from the convoluted hop-scotchery of the Los Angeles City bureaucracy of course! Not only is the City’s process extremely slow, inefficient and nonsensical (causing us to pay thousands of dollars in rent each month for a building they won’t yet let us use), but also our business and personal tax dollars are paying for this inefficient and outdated system. Awesome!
Yes, it’s easy to get discouraged by the frustrating mess of red tape, and by the fact that we haven’t yet been able to open for business. But looking back on all the progress we’ve made this year, I’m actually encouraged to see how much we’ve accomplished, and to know that we’re getting really close to the finish line now. In fact in January of 2008 we had just finished the business plan, and were hiring the lawyers to write our private placement memorandum. At that point, we didn’t yet have a building, any equipment, or any idea about permit applications. Even though the past 11 months have flown past, we have still been able to accomplish quite a lot. Through the magic of hindsight, I can look back and see how I would do things differently, but we haven’t had any major missteps so far that have led us off-track (knock on wood).
As far as 2009 goes, my three biggest goals will be to finally get our permits approved, to complete construction, and to sell our first beer. As far as I know we are still on track to have approved permits in early 2009, so I’m still hoping we’ll be able to open our doors by the spring. With any luck I’ll have to set three new goals before the summer begins!
I can’t close out the year without giving a huge “thank you” to everyone in the community (and afar) who have been so supportive. Even though it’s easy for me to get discouraged and frustrated at times, all of your words of encouragement and excitement are shining a light to guide me to the end of the tunnel…so keep ’em coming, and…THANK YOU! I promise that good beer will be coming soon….
Happy New Year everyone and Cheers to a great 2009!