For the past week I have had my head down, working on our accounting and driving ahead a bunch of projects that are in need to time and attention. So this blog has been something that I keep thinking about, but couldn’t find the time or the energy to put towards it. While we were busy with our heads down, we received some great news: Our building permit was approved and we are good to start trucking ahead with construction.
This sounds great on paper, only we thought the process of getting a permit would take a little longer, so we don’t have all our sub-trades in place and need to refine a few more of our plans. Given this, we hope that construction will begin on April 1st, so that we can be open sometime in very late summer or very early fall.
My advice to people who are going through the process of starting a brewery, or any other business for that matter is this: Don’t take your foot off the gas pedal. When you lose focus and when you lose the drive to push things ahead, small delays can have a cascade effect on the process. For example, our dithering on a few specifics around the brewery and tasting room, which didn’t seem like huge delays at the time, effected a bunch of other items. It delayed our architects in making the changes, it delayed our contractor in getting quotes, and it delayed next steps in the process. It ended up that a couple days delay in one decision ended up delaying the process by 2 weeks. Arghh!
To be honest, I thought I would feel more happy about getting our building permit, and while this does put a smile on my face it doesn’t make me jump up and down like getting our development permit did. I guess the difference is that we knew we were going to get the building permit, it was just a matter of when. I also think that we just have so much work to do, its hard to take a breath to give each other a high five.
Anyhow, we will keep you up to speed on some of the next steps with our brewery in the coming weeks ahead. Lots of activity and hopefully we can drive this project ahead to start operations sooner rather than later.