Beer Lab Construction Update #4

Things are happening! Sometimes, I forget how much has happened since we last posted photos because we're spending so much time in the new space that each change seems so small and insignificant. Then, when I look back at where we were just a few weeks ago, I realize how quickly it is all coming together.

We passed all of our rough-in inspections, which has allowed our team to begin hanging drywall.

 Panorama of the event space. The bar to the left, a new door to the beer garden in the back, and the brewery will be to the right.

Panorama of the event space. The bar to the left, a new door to the beer garden in the back, and the brewery will be to the right.

 Our new office. A big upgrade from the janitor closet. It even has a window!

Our new office. A big upgrade from the janitor closet. It even has a window!

Additionally, we had a crew come in and add 10-inches of spray foam insulation to the backside of our roof. This was a necessary upgrade because when we removed the ceiling grid, we found that the fiberglass insulation that had previously been strapped to the roof had mostly fallen down and was no longer providing any value.

The spray foam on the metal roof will keep the roof from condensating when it is cold outside and warm inside, which could result in moisture dripping down onto our ceiling, or even all the way to the floor (or in your beer!).

While this was an unfortunate finding, the good news is that the new spray foam insulation will help keep our energy bills down and is a nice improvement to our space, even if it wasn't in the original budget.

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We also received a couple of exciting deliveries this week! The first one arrived from the fantastic people at Pro Refrigeration. This 950-pound crate contains our glycol chiller that will be used to chill and pump the glycol around our fermentation tanks, ensuring they are kept at the proper temperature for fermenting beer.

 We also bought a pallet jack because a brewery isn't complete until you can roll giant stacks of stuff around on pallets!

We also bought a pallet jack because a brewery isn't complete until you can roll giant stacks of stuff around on pallets!

 Our first piece of brewery equipment has arrived!

Our first piece of brewery equipment has arrived!

The second delivery doesn't have much to do with construction, but we thought you might be interested in hearing about it anyway. This delivery was from our pals over at Bond Brothers. They recently made a trip up to bourbon country and brought us back a couple of recently-emptied Four Roses bourbon barrels.

These barrels smell fantastic and we cannot wait to brew a batch of beer to fill them up!

 The barrels are already begging me to fill them with imperial stout

The barrels are already begging me to fill them with imperial stout

Tomorrow, and into the early part of next week, the sheetrock crew will finish hanging all of the drywall. While they are doing that, we'll be installing our main glycol loop. Next week, they'll be sealing the floors, which means the following week we will see the rest of the brewery equipment arrive! Did I mention things are happening?