Tuesday, May 27, 2008

To Brew In Our House

We recently made the purchase of a new (to us), old 15 BBL brewhouse. I can’t tell you how good it feels to have made this purchase. It sinks up so many things and brings us one huge step closer to our goals.

Now that we own this collaboration of stainless steel we need a place to house it. Finding this space is a very delicate thing. We want the space to be suitable for some time. Moving breweries is no fun, and costly as can be. With that in mind, we need a place that's good for the first brew and also for years to come.

You would think a city like Chicago would be chock full of places that would make sense, but it’s really not. The government really puts the screws to people who make alcohol, so there is a laundry list of concerns even before we try to sort out our own needs. Frankly it’s enough to give you an ulcer, but as long as we keep it in perspective and utilize the beer we make to keep from personally blowing a gasket, then it should work out.

Right now we have some really exciting prospective locations that could make a nice home to our brewery. These next weeks will be crucial. I’m sure we’ll land on something that makes sense for us, and can also serve as a fun space for people to visit and soak up the vibe of our company.

Regardless of the space we choose, we’re making decisions that will impact our company for years to come. That idea is both exciting and nerve racking. We have the chance to set our company on a trajectory that will impact much of what we do.

Please come visit us as soon as the space is up and functional. What fun it will be.

Half Acre Beer Co
Chicago, IL

1 comment:

Brian said...

I know this is an old ass post, but when you were looking for equipment how did you go about it? Did you use a broker? Monitor specific sites?

I am entering the planning stages myself and am just trying to feel my way through it.

Thanks in advance.

bkeyes at gmail dot com