Going Up (pt.3)

Things are good.  The construction phase is still moving along at a lightning fast pace, and its amazing to watch our brewery space come into reality all around me on a daily basis.  Everyday seems to be busier than the last though, and yesterday was no exception…which means I didn’t even have time to post new pictures…doh!

Ok, I’ll just cut to it then, and post yesterday’s pics.  Maybe I’ll be able to catch up on today’s photos tomorrow…

Loading Area_01

The loading area gets framed up.  That doorway in the background will be our access for the forklift to bring pallets of malt, etc into the brewhouse.


The other side of the loading area wall (which would be the tasting room)

Bar Area_02

The high walls in the tasting room get framed.

Bar Area_01

More of the tasting room, with the framing for the ceiling soffit (above the bar).


And here we’re looking at the doorway to the warehouse (in the brewery area), where malt, etc will be stored.  We were also able to get drywall up on one side of some of the framed areas.


Brewgyver even stopped by to help install the new HVAC ducts in the brewhouse area.  Quite a multi-talented guy!


Almost finished.  This was at about 11:30 last night, which made for a very long day for both of us…

Ok, off to bed now…construction meeting at 6am tomorrow and another long, busy day after that.  But, that will bring us one day closer to our opening day, so it will all be worth it!

The Big Pour

Yes!  Hell yes!  Today we poured the concrete for our brewhouse floor and covered up the trenches and new sewer lines.  I can’t tell you how good it feels to get this step out of the way.  In fact, it feels somehow symbolic…like we’re cementing this brewery into reality.

I wish I had more pictures of the process to share, but I was doing a lot of running around today, and could only snap a few shots as I was running in and out.  One other thing I should mention is that we also passed our rough water and gas-line inspections today, so we will be able to install our cold-room in front of those pipes on Monday, as scheduled.  One more thing to celebrate!


Here’s our hard working crew, getting the job done.

Waiting for Truck

And here’s a shot of our almost-poured brewhouse floor, as we wait for the next truck to hook up to the pump.

Curb Poured_01

And a bit later, after part of the form was removed from our curb.

Remove Forms_02

Here’s a look at the final product as the guys remove the forms from the trench drain.

Bar Poured

And lastly, here’s a nice shot of the tasting bar location.  Ahhh…the sounds of sweet, sweet progress.  I will definitely drink to that!  Who’s with me?

Covering Pipes

Whew!  I’ve been so busy the last couple days that I couldn’t find the time to post an update to our progress.  We finally got our insurance thing sorted out though, and we passed our rough plumbing inspection for the underground pipe.  That means we were able to cover the new, exposed pipes and prepare for the concrete to be poured back.

Covered Pipe_01Here you can see everything covered up with sand as we get ready for the concrete pour.

Covered Pipe_02

Below, left is more of the same, looking at where our 3-compartment sink will be in the brewhouse area.

Covered Pipe_06And below, right is the trench in our parking lot after filling it back in with sand and dirt.

All of this basically happened on Wednesday, and so today we prepared the forms for the curb and trench drain, to get ready for the concrete pour on Friday morning.  This afternoon the building inspector showed up to check the concrete forms and the trench drain, which he has to do before we can pour, but we passed with flying colors!  Now everything is set for tomorrow morning when the concrete trucks arrive, and we start to pour our brewery floor.  Finally! 😀


Here is the form for the curb in the brewhouse.

Angle Iron_CU

This is the angle iron that will sit on top of the trench drain and support the grate that cover the trench.  And below you can see it in place on the trench form.

Trench Form Ready

Wire Mesh_01

Laying out the wire mesh where the concrete will be poured.

Ready to Pour
And here is the finished, prepped area, ready for the pour!

Tired, but happy…Now I’ve got to go get some rest before another busy day tomorrow.


I guess I was being optimistic to think we would pass our very first inspection…but we didn’t.  I should have known better than to think we were past the red-tape phase.

So, the inspector had a few minor changes to our layout, but the most annoying of the bunch was really just a technicality involving insurance.  I had pulled the permits with our General Contractor (who has his own insurance) but since he wasn’t doing most of the plumbing work, they wanted to have the plumber under the GC’s insurance.  Either that, or they wanted to have the permits under the plumber’s name (since he also has his own insurance).  The solution was to simply transfer the permit to the plumber.  Of course this extra step involed an additional fee, but would you honestly expect anything less from our good city?

So here we are again, with an appointment for a rough plumbing inspection set for sometime tomorrow.  Hopefully we’ll pass this time.  I really want to get rid of all this dirt, and pour back the concrete soon!

Construction Has Begun!

Yes, it has been a long, long time since my last post…but in this case “no news is good news”…  After many weeks of bureaucratic drudgery, we finally got all of our approvals and our building permits were issued!

Even though there is still a lot of work to do, it feels SO good to finally pass this milestone.  Most of the remaining work is something we can physically do, so it feels like we have control of our own fate once again.  The frustrating thing about dealing with the bureaucratic process is that there is often no “end” in sight, and you are literally at the mercy of the “machine”.

Anyway…enough talk for now!  Time for action!  Here’s some pics of what we’ve been up to in the last couple weeks…

Removing ceiling for future seating area.

Removing ceiling for future seating area.

Preparing to remove some walls.

Preparing to remove some walls.






More to come soon, so stay tuned….

Plan Checks and Corrections…

A few posts back (about a month ago), I mentioned that our Building Plans had been approved by the Health Department, which was very exciting indeed.  Then, just a few days after our plans were stamped I took them over to the Dept. of Building and Safety for yet another approval process.

After they had our plans for three weeks, they finally gave them back with lots of red lines (corrections) on them, and a stack of papers detailing several “clearances” we need to get through before they will give us an approval.  Actually though, now that I’ve spent almost a week working through these corrections, I’m realizing that they aren’t really that bad.  In fact, most of the corrections deal with Accessibility Compliance (for wheelchair access, etc.), so it is just a matter of having the correct width for hallways and doorways, and the correct height for tables, etc.

As far as the “clearances” they are requesting, these have to do with other City agencies (like Fire Dept, Planning Dept, etc.).  Not a huge deal, but kind of frustrating from the perspective of process and efficiency.  It seems as though every process involving the City, has to go through LOTS of different departments that never really communicate with each other.  So if you want to accomplish anything, you need to spend lots of time running around and paying each department their own “processing” fee.

Oh well…After a year of dealing with this slow moving bureaucracy, at least I know what to expect, and how to navigate through it all with a little less frustration.  I guess the really important thing here, is that we are finally very close to starting our construction phase.  We just need to finish these corrections, re-submit to the plan checker, (get approval), and then pull the building permit.  I can actually start to see a light at the end of this long and crazy tunnel!

Success, Round Two

Yes, success!  We made it through our public hearing on Wednesday evening, and the appeal against our conditional use permit was denied.  Big, huge sigh of relief.  Thank you to everyone who showed up to support us, and especially those who spoke on our behalf.  We appreciate it so much, and wouldn’t have been as successful without you.

So glad it’s over though.  Maybe now I can stop having those stress-related stomachaches, and sleep through the night without being waken by panic attacks.  But I doubt it.  At least now we can finally move past this part of the process, and on to the next bureaucratic hurdle.

I mentioned a couple posts back that our TTB (federal) license was approved, and we received it in the mail on Thursday.  Our ABC license has already been applied for, and is currently being processed.  Our building plans were approved by the Health Department a week ago, and were subsequently submitted to Building & Safety for approval.  Once we get that approval from Building & Safety we can pull our building permits and finally start the build-out.  At long last!  We’re so close, I can almost taste the sweet wort running from the mash tun!