The Worst Task: Waiting
You might have wondered where we have been as the posts have definitely slowed down. Well, that is exactly our feeling as the responses and movement has slowed down with the Federal Government and their TTB Permits as well as the State Government and their ABC Permits. As of February 24th 2016 our (50 Page) Federal Application was read and moved out of the triage stage, but the month since has been deafening silence. Similarly the (70 Page) ABC Limited Brewery Permit was submitted on February 25th, with us only receiving confirmation of receipt a mere few days ago. To add some synchronicity between the two, neither have let us know who our assigned Inspectors/Specialists will be, but I can promise you whoever they assign will be my best friends for the next few months. Hopefully the glacially slow pace on these are just because of the sheer amount of gold stars and smiley face stickers the Inspectors need for my applications.
How we Speed up the Permits
So far I have reached out to our local Senators and Assemblymen in Lakewood to insist to the State that our Permits cannot sit in limbo forever since we have a lot of thirsty mouths that are craving our beer and I’m not trying to disappoint a single one of them by not having beer ready to serve. They have seemed very receptive to helping “carry the flag” to New Jersey for us in speeding up what can be an extremely long and arduous process of sitting and waiting. Otherwise, all we can do is sit and wait for a call or email from our eventually assigned specialist, ready and waiting to respond with any documentation or questions they might have to ask.
Progress we can Believe in: Equipment
While there is not that much we can physically do to hurry up the speed of the State or Federal Government, their is plenty we can and are doing while we wait. As important as having permits to brew the beer is, so is having everything setup to brew, and having a place to serve you. Our equipment is all either finishing up or en route currently. In the next few weeks we will be scheduling the delivery of our Brewhouse, which will be coming over the road from Ridgway Colorado. Meanwhile, pieces of our Fermenters/Glycol Chiller keep arriving day by day from various places like Georgia and California, but the actual Fermenters and Bright Tank are currently somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, making their way to New Jersey by the end of April.
We’re Gonna Build A Wall
But we’re going to pay for it. Finalizing pricing and bids with a few different Contractors so we can get the best price for the best work in building a tasting room so each of you can sample our work in a temperature controlled room on days that we just can’t allow you out in the warehouse other than for tours such as our brew days and when its just way too hot outside for anyone to want to stand in a hot warehouse. For us building this tasting room is what makes “this house a home”, as we design everything to our dreams (that our bank accounts will allow). As soon as we have our contractor picked we will be applying for our local building permits, which will hopefully be that much easier than anything we’ve seen on the State and Federal level. This will allow us to pretty up everything in the warehouse as well, getting every water connection, gas connection, electric connection, and lighting all in place so the day our equipment arrives it can snuggle up in its place and be ready and waiting to brew the day our approvals get their final sticker of approval.
Beers on Deck to be Brewed:
Currently in Fermentation:
Irish-American Red Ale
Currently in Barrels:
Imperial Coffee-Rye Porter