We’re making great progress getting this show on the road. We’ve got all our equipment and we’re now getting everything hooked up. On March 24th, the brew system from Red Lodge Brewery, MT arrived on an 18-wheeler. The cold room is constructed and the refrigerant lines were run last week. The gas will get turned on this week so we can begin to run hot water tests on the brew system. Our tap handles are in production and we’re designing new shirts, pint glasses, coasters, and growlers. The retail room is being built out and the growler refrigerator is being refinished. One remaining component is to buy and install the canning equipment. Canning instead of bottling saves resources (because the percentage of recycled material in cans is far greater than in bottles), cuts transportation emissions (lighter), and keeps light out so beer stays fresh longer. Plus, our six-packs will stand out in the microbrew section of the grocery store.
Thank you so much for your interest and enthusiasm! This project has relied heavily on the goodwill of the Fremont community; our landlord, the Fremont Dock Company; and the posse of plumbers, electricians, and volunteer labor who’ve worked tirelessly to make this happen (not to mention yours truly who’s been keeping chaos at bay on the home front). We are keeping our commitment to brewing beer sustainably — with energy-saving infrastructure and with as much local and organic ingredients as we can procure. We’re a proud member — and the first brewery — of the Seattle Climate Partnership (http://www.seattle.gov/climate/partnership.htm). And we’re working with the City of Seattle to implement a “one-stop-shop” to assist small businesses that want to go green. Keep visiting the site and reading the blog for more detailed updates.