Yesterday was Earth Day; to celebrate, the team took a trip to rural Ohio to reclaim siding from a barn that had been tagged for demolition. The barn was raised way back in 1884 (just 22 years after the Morrill Land-Grant Act of 1862), but was recently struck by lightning and had to come down. The wood will be reused on the exterior of the brewery, and we were also able to salvage some other awesome pieces that we’ll share with you a little later. Check out the short time-lapse video above to relive our day.
The new East Franklinton facility offers tons of industrial character and experience. As I did with the previous building, I wanted to capture the “before” state of the building, as things are going to look drastically different once we’ve completed the renovation and build-out. Here are some photographs I took of the brewing and the exterior.
Now that we have the keys to the castle, so to speak, I was able to get in and take some “before” photos of the cavernous space. As you can see, we’ve got a lot to work with. The facility is pretty bare-bones right now, so we’ve definitely got our work cut out for us, but we wanted to give you a glimpse inside before we fill it with all kinds of fun stuff.
This is from the front of the building, where the tap room will be, looking toward the production floor in the back.
Here’s the reverse angle, looking toward the front from the very back. Note the awesome wooden trusswork; rafters just waiting for banners.
As we move forward through design and construction, we’ll be sure to post more photos of the process.
Now that you’ve seen the “Before,” we can’t wait ’til we can show you the “After” in person.
So, now that we have announced our cavernous new digs, and have this new website to tell you all about it, the question we’ve gotten a lot over the past few days has been: “Okay, so you signed a lease, when can we come taste the beer?”
Adam and I were talking about this yesterday, and he described the timeline as a game of Chutes and Ladders, which at first I thought was a pretty apt metaphor, you can fall back and you can jump forward until, eventually, you get to the finish line. Though, as I thought about it, there was a major hole in the logic. In opening a brewery, or any business for that matter, you don’t just land in a special place and get to skip straight to the end where you’re sipping a glorious, perfectly brewed, Imperial IPA at your immaculate new bar. Starting a brewery is more like a game of just Chutes. You have to take every step along the way, there’s no jumping ahead, and if you’re not meticulous (or have a stroke of bad luck) you can always get knocked back a few moves.
Truth is, opening a brewery is a complicated process, and now that we have a facility, the concurrent timelines for a lot of moving parts have started.
I am a visual person, so I put those theoretical timelines in terms I could easily understand. Above is a chart showing the (extremely generalized) steps to come. Each of those bars contains a multitude of tasks and processes that must be completed to open the brewery that we’ve envisioned. Some of the steps may take longer than what I’ve projected, but some may get done quicker than we expect. We’re trying to remain pretty conservative with our projections, but everything is shaping up nicely for an opening early in 2014.
Things can change though, so stay tuned here for updates as the project progresses.