Construction Update: Bring on the Concrete!

Posted on July 20, 2012 by Nathan

I think we’ve reached a hump with the brewery construction.  Definitely not in
terms of the amount of work that needs to be done before opening, but I feel like we’re past most of the destruction phase, and into the rebuilding.

As most of you have probably seen, I’ve had a nice big hole in the ground for the last few weeks.  We cut concrete, and have been waiting on the floor drain to arrive in order to plumb everything up.

Although the ambience of a rustic dirt floor has been nice, I’ve been itching to get everything plumbed and poured so that the giant pile of equipment (which is sitting behind and all around me in this picture) can start being put in place.

Monday was the day, and the plumbing crew showed up to start digging up lines.  By tuesday afternoon, they had everything installed minus one settling tank, and by thursday morning, we had it all inspected and the approval ready to go for pouring concrete.

We’ve got 3 new floor sinks, a trench drain, and a solid seperation tank on the outflow of the drain, all being buried in the concrete at the end of this next week.

The big section of slab that you see in the above pictures is getting sloped down towards the center floor drain when they pour the concrete.  This is the actual brewery floor for the whole operation, and will get sealed before we start dumping liquids on it.  Unfortunately, that’s the big limiting factor right now as to when I can really get rolling, because the concrete needs to dry before I can seal everything up (don’t want bubbles in my nice new floor!).  If all goes well, and it gets poured next thursday or friday, that gives us about 3-4 weeks of drying time before everything get sealed and we start hitting the brewing hard.

Alright, I’ll be honest, there’s the drying time, but there’s also about a million other construction projects that have to happen between now and then as well, but at least it gives me a good goal to work towards.

I also shouldn’t forget this little lone floor sink as well.  It’s tucked away in the middle of all the equipment on the other side of the brewery, and it’s a very important one.

You may be asking yourself why this is so important.  It’s because this floor sink is the drain for these two pieces of stainless which just arrived on tuesday.

I don’t know that I’ve ever been so excited about a sink (or two of them for that matter).  These are my dish and handwash sinks for the bar, and that marvelous little floor sink enables me to install these guys and thus be up to snuff with the health department.

Well, that and about a hundred other things, but it’s a start.

Anywho, we had the inspector over on thursday morning, and it was extremely quick and painless.  He was easy to work with, and has worked with my plumber many many times before, and so it was a pretty simple meeting to get the stamp of approval. On a side note, a good contractor is worth their weight on gold for situations just like this.  Thanks to everyone who has provided suggestions and guidance on contractors in Flagstaff.  So far, so good.

As you all probably can imagine, the construction is the physical manifestation of the brewery coming together, but there’s a whole component of behind the scenes paperwork that’s been rolling for even longer, and is finally coming to fruition as well.  I got some good news on tuesday from the Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. They’re the ones that hold the cards when it comes to your federal brewery license (called a ‘brewers notice’), and they’ve had an application from me since sometime in March.  I spoke with my representative a couple weeks ago about it, and on tuesday I got an email that read something like this:

This is to advise you that the status of your Permits Online application tracking number 2012-BRE-XXXX-X has changed to Approved. Please check Permits Online at for more details….

On the one hand, it means I gotta start paying excise tax on everything I brew.  On the other hand, it’s one step closer to having all the permits in hand that I need to sell some beer.

If all goes according to plan, the state license should be in my grubby little hands sometime next week as well.  They quoted me a 20 day turnaround after my city council meeting, which was July 3rd, so we shall see……

I’m sure I will be making some phone calls next week about it, and I’ll keep you all in the loop.

In the meantime, we’ll keep plugging away at the construction.

I’ll leave you to your weekend with a couple pictures of the recent hotness that arrived at the brewery.

I love stainless steel, especially when it’s got my name on it.

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