It’s all finally starting to come together.

And I mean all of it.  At one time.  It’s awesome.

Our TTB approval came in allowing us to manufacture malt beverages.  We expected this to take much longer.  Thrilled is putting it mildly.

We’ve got 95% of our equipment delivered with a few things yet to show up.  Our glycol chiller is built and waiting on a truck to pick it up in Seattle, our four 300 gallon serving tanks for the taproom are being finished up in Portland, our 375 kegs are about to be loaded on a big truck in LA and hopefully we can get this guy to stop by Escondido and pick up our keg washer.  Oh yeah, and the Canadians are shipping our mill tomorrow.  The brewhouse, fermenters, brite tanks, and other equipment is in our possession.

Jodi is working hard on coordinating paperwork, ordering glasses, shirts, hats, keychains, growlers, and a million other things to try to get the taproom ready.  Right now she’s trying to figure out where to put 88 lbs. of Crystal hops in our house as they’re being delivered today and we have no cold storage at the brewery yet.

I met with the engineers yesterday and am expecting the final plans for the utility layout this afternoon.  Since Monday is a holiday it looks like we’ll be going to permitting on Tuesday.  Once the package is filed with the city of Boynton we can begin work.  Floor drains will be cut first, then we’ll address the floor covering which should take about a week.  During this time we’ll install the walk in cooler (and get the hops out of our house) and do as much cleaning as possible.  I’m sure there will be a fair amount of painting, etc. as well.  After the floor is dry we can set the equipment in place, plumb and power it, and prepare to brew.  

We’re going to begin addressing our staffing needs in about two weeks.  There have been many inquiries and for now there will be no brewery positions available.  We will be hiring for the taproom and expect to bring in about 10 to 12 people.  I’ll put the word out on Facebook and Twitter when the time comes.  I really appreciate all of the interest we’ve received so far and wish I could hire everyone but we have a limited number of positions and that’s just the reality of it.  I hope everyone understands.

As of right now it is still difficult to put a date on when we’re going to actually be open.  If everything goes perfectly, we should be serving beer in early March.  Since it probably won’t, my guess is mid-March.  We are going to do a quiet opening initially with just our Facebook and Twitter friends and then we’ll have a big blow-out grand opening about two weeks later.  I’ll try to keep everyone updated as we get closer.

Just in case you weren’t aware, there’s a couple of things happening this month everyone should know about.  Tomorrow is Tequesta Brewing Co.’s one year anniversary.  I hope everyone will get the chance to stop by and congratulate Matt Webster and his crew and enjoy a beer.  I can’t say enough about how much help this guy has helped us and you can bet we’ll be there.  Also, don’t forget Jupiter Craft Beer Fest on January 28th.  This will be our first year pouring at this event and we’re really looking forward to it.  More than likely this will be the last chance to taste Due South brew before the taproom opens.  We had a great time at the Treasure Coast Beer Fest and expect this to be a big time as well.  Hope to see all of you there.

 

Cheers!

Mike

 

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