More Painting, More Finishes

I know, I know…my posts are few and far between these days.  I do apologize for that, but what can I say?  This whole business of building a brewery is the sort of hard work that keeps you busy all day, every day, until it is done.

But we’re getting so close now…

Here’s a few pictures of what we’ve been up to.  Hopefully we’ll be able to invite everyone over very soon to see it for themselves.

The tasting room as seen from the front door. The painting in here is finished.

The tasting room as seen from the front door. The painting in here is finished.

And a view into the brewhouse from the tasting room...

And a view into the brewhouse from the tasting room...

Here's a look at the unfinished bar. This should be finished with a front and top by the end of next week.

Here's a look at the unfinished bar. This should be finished with a front and top by the end of next week.

Behind the bar where the sinks and back-bar will soon be.

Behind the bar where the sinks and back-bar will soon be.

Our friend JT works on welding a support to hold the back-bar.

Our friend JT works on welding a support to hold the back-bar. Stop staring at the welding arc...You'll burn your eyes out!

And voila! The support is finished...

And voila! The support is finished...

Here's a look into the women's restroom, with most of the tiling completed.

Here's a look into the women's restroom, with most of the tiling completed.

And the men's restroom, with no tile yet...but indoor plumbing that works!  Very exciting indeed!

And the men's restroom, with some tile...but also indoor plumbing that works! Very exciting indeed!

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Here's a nice look at the brewhouse, with most of the tanks finally in their permanent locations. Oh, and also floors that have already been sealed.

Getting our bottling tank upright was a little bit precarious...

Getting our bottling tank upright was a little bit precarious...

...But we managed it. Woohoo! (anyone remember those Toyota commercials from the 80's?)

...But we managed it. Woohoo! (anyone remember those Toyota commercials from the 80's?)

Details and Painting

Now that all of our walls are up and most of the messy work is done, we’re finally able to install some of the fixtures and finishes (windows, doors, trim, etc.).  Also we’ve been able to spend a good deal of time putting primer and paint on the walls…but there’s still lots more to do.  Here’s a few pics of the latest progress…

The tasting bar with primed walls.

The tasting bar with primed walls.

The window and doors into the brewhouse are installed.

The window and doors into the brewhouse are installed.

Hallway to bathrooms, primed and ready for paint.

Hallway to bathrooms, primed and ready for paint.

Women's bathroom, painted and ready for tile.

Women's bathroom, painted and ready for tile.

The warehouse, painted and with doors.

The warehouse, painted and with doors.

Warehouse wall, with FRP.  Sinks for the brewhouse will be mounted here soon.

Warehouse wall, with FRP. Sinks for the brewhouse will be mounted here soon.

Brewhouse doorways.  Fire-shutter is over the window (center); Air Curtain is over the loading-area door (left).

Brewhouse doorways. Fire-shutter is over the window (center); Air Curtain is over the loading-area door (left).

A corner of the brewhouse, painted and tiled, and ready for the floor to be sealed.

A corner of the brewhouse, painted and tiled, and ready for the floor to be sealed.

The loading area, primed and ready to be painted.

The loading area, primed and ready to be painted.

Going Up (pt.4)…and Catching Up

Catching up indeed!  We’ve been working at a fast and furious pace for the last couple weeks and it has been a real challenge to find the time to post.  Things are looking really great though and, as you’ll see below, it’s getting easier to visualize the finished space.Vestibule Frame_01

This picture of the framing around our vestibule was taken just a few days after my last post.  The one on the right was taken on the same day, but looking back toward the entry door from the seating area.

Vestibule Frame_02The next two pictures were also taken on the same day and show the completed framing around the bar area.  In some of these pictures you’ll see the occasional tank or two…Since everyone was working so quickly, we had to move the tanks around quite a bit to keep them out of the way of the scissor lifts and ladders.

Bar Framed_02

It’s hard to believe that all of this framing happened in just a few days, but it just shows what a great construction team we have!  Actually, most of the guys on our team usually work on high-rise building projects, so our little brewery project must seem like a walk in the park for them…Bar Framed_01

The next picture is a view of our loading area, where we’ll bring pallets of raw materials in, and send pallets of beer out.  You’ll also notice that one side of the drywall has already been hung on these walls.  This helped to move things along quickly so that the grid for our drop-in ceiling could start to be hung on the other side of the drywall.

Loading Area_02The picture below is a look into the brew house from the tasting room, showing the framing for our door and window.Window Frame

Jumping ahead about a week (to sometime last week), we finished installing all of the electrical and plumbing work inside the walls pictured above, passed our rough inspections on those trades, insulated the walls, and finished hanging the drywall.  Yep…all in about one week. Pretty cool, huh?

Well, I guess I’ve spent enough time describing the above photos, so I’ll just post a bunch more below, and spare the descriptions…

Entry_InsulationTasting Room DW

Hallway DWLoading Area DW_01

Tasting Room_MuddedBar_Mudded

Ceiling Tiles_02Jer Bar_01

Equip Placement_04Steve Jer Tanks_01

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.

Framing_01

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).

Warehouse_03

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.

HVAC_01

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

HVAC_02

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!

Going Up (pt.2)

I know it probably won’t be long before the stress-induced headaches and beaucratic slow-downs resume, but for now, we’re moving along at a really good pace, and I have to say I’m enjoying the hell out of it!  It really feels great!!!

Here’s some pictures of today’s progress…which in my mind was pretty significant…

Outside Trench_09

The first thing you might notice is that the trench in the parking lot is all filled up and ready for some new asphalt.   Awesome.

Insulation_01

An early morning shot as the insulation starts to go up in the brewhouse area…

Insulation_02

And a shot in the afternoon, after most of the insulation was intstalled.  Awesomer.

Framed Loading Door

This is looking out toward the “loading area”, from the brewhouse, looking at the doorway between the two spaces.  All framed up and ready for drywall.

Warehouse_00

And here is the framed-up area that will become our “warehouse space” (or malt storage room).  The next shot was taken a few hours later, after all of the exterior surfaces of the room were skinned with drywall.  Yes indeed, I know it looks good!

Warehouse_02

Ok, so this is a shot is looking at the warehouse from the reverse angle (from the tasting room area).  You can see how the interior wall of the hallway has also been skinned with drywall.

Tasting Room_01

Hallway_02

And here we are looking down that same hallway that will lead to the restrooms and janitor closet.

Cold Box_02

Here is a shot of the guys working on the Cold Room early this morning…

Cold Box_03

And here it is in the afternoon.  Basically everything is complete structurally, but they still need to install the refrigeration unit do a few clean-up tweaks.

So that’s it for today.  Lots of progress, and hopefully lots more tomorrow…Cheers to that!!!!

Going Up (pt.1)

Lots of things going up this week.  Today the Cold Room started to be assembled and some of the framing for our walls started to be installed too.  Things are finally starting to move quickly, and I have to say it feels pretty damn good!

So here’s a few shots of our progress today…

Cold Room_01

Framing_01

Cold Room_02

Three walls of the Cold Room….

Hallway_01

Framing is completed on the wall that forms the hallway to the bathrooms.

TingOnLift

Even Ting is going up…What can I say?  Not only do I have a fantastic and supportive wife (who also happens to be a very skilled beer judge), but she also knows how to drive a scissor lift!  I guess I’m a lucky guy…

That’s all for now…more progress tomorrow…

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!

Pouring

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?