The machine shop operated for many years and finally reached its retirement. We get to be the next custodians of this place. Lots of work to do to transform this gem!
We are growing Home - Our little piece of the world
We put in our lease-purchase offer and it was accepted. A blank canvass on which to paint our collective prosperity.
Solar Panels Arrive!
We won’t close on the brewery until next year, but we got our freakin solar panels! We have our priorities in order!
Close on New Brewery
After a year and half of searching for the right spot, we signed closed on the new brewery. It’s s 30,000 sq. ft. retired tomato packing plant. We have two sections we have affectionately labeled “the New World” (which is new as of 1990’s) and the Old World (the original building from 1940’s)
Thank you Live Oak Bank you for believing in us. We never thought a bank could be cool, but then you arrived.
The mama’s take a break from the annual leadership retreat by swinging hammers. It’s not about the size of the hammer but the motion of ripping down the wall. But really, Sarah’s hammer is hilarious!
(*Disclaimer, she has bad shoulders and swinging heavy things is a no-no)
Kicking Down the Walls
Female Founders of a Brewery - seems symbolic enough to record. Yep, they still high five.
Digging up the Floor
Got to start with a good foundation ! We saved these large cut outs to eventually use in our gardens and outdoor spaces ... Urbanite!!!
Prepping for Floor Drains
Floors drains get cut in...we are so excited..it’s like winning the lottery!
Roof Gets Ripped Off - New Roof and Insulation on it's way
We wish we had the budget to do more, but we have to start somewhere. Our ideal sustainability goals will take a few years to reach.
Stonecoating the brewing platform
Smoothing the top layer and adding an extra coat of protection. Time will tell if these floors can hold up to the traffic. Floor Drains!
Optimus Prime Massive Fermentor Arrives
Jeff welcomes the first new tank for production.
Cut and Lay that pipe!
Thousands upon thousands feet of piping gets assembled.
Mega Pipes get installed - Weld it!
Mega Pipes get installed across the ceiling of the "New World." Weld it!
Monster Cooler Gets its Legs
The same folks who build for Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL pushed up our cooler in 3 days! Amazing to watch it come to life!
Lambic Fermentation Room
The fermentation room, affectionately called the “Cool Ship” materializes!
Future Tasting Room: Window Openings Get Cut
New windows are placed in the exterior walls. We are using reclaimed iron windows salvaged from a vintage 1920's factory for our interior windows.
Tanks Up, Taps Open and Fermentation Begins!
Check out Hunky Hoit, one of the brew team tend to Optimus Prime (the name of this tank). Shifting from 7,000sq feet to 30K+ was a better for Optimus Prime.