So, it has been awhile since my last post and work has continued to progress. The website is continuing its evolution, recipes continue to be refined and we have looked at several more potential properties. The property search, as I have mentioned before, is a very critical step in our plan as we can't file for our brewer's license without a location.
Our Realtor has been great to work with thus far. He has put up with all of the requirements we threw at him and has been willing to work with us after normal business hours since all four of us continue to work at our original jobs. We have been through some tough decisions and some tough moments in our search for a location, however, that search has finally come to an end! We all got our keys to the new brewery (we can call it that now!!) on Friday. I won't post just yet where exactly it is, but rest assured, that announcement will come soon enough.
This means that we can cross another huge "to-do" off of our checklist and now we can really start to build up steam towards actually opening our doors (now that we have them!). You should be seeing some more activity in the next month or so. We should be launching our website, opening up our Twitter and Facebook accounts, and, finally, releasing the location where we will be brewing and serving our beer.
I think I can speak for all of us that we were all a little giddy on Friday when we finally were able to put our hands on those keys. It is a great feeling to make that huge step. Now we need to finalize the ultimate layout of the brewery so we can submit our paperwork to the TTB (The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) so that we can get them working on issuing our brewery license. That notice, along with similar notices from the State of Iowa and the City will allow us to finally use our commercial 3 barrel system to brew beer for sale. Up until then, we can only continue to brew on homebrew setups in order to finalize our recipes. Which, Brandon and I happen to be doing right now! My Kolsh is now in the fermenter and Brandon's Shandy is coming out of the mash tun as we speak.
So, while it has been hard work up to this point in our plan, I anticipate things are going to get even more difficult over the next couple of months. What is up next is to submit our licensing applications, clean up and build out the brewery/taproom, launch our official marketing plan and conquer the hundreds of smaller tasks remaining on our list. It's going to be a crazy, crazy spring and summer, but it sure is nice to finally have a home for our venture!
Cheers and happy Easter everyone!