Without a doubt, things get busier as you get closer to opening your brewery. For us, there is so much going on right now at the brewery, it is hard to keep track of sometimes. It is also a point that we are beginning to notice parts of the job getting significantly completed, and others that seemed so far off a few months ago, getting started.
One thing I know for sure, the less you have to complete and build in your space, the faster this project goes. Since we have taken possession of our space early in the year, Yellow Dog has gone from building to finished, Moody Ales will go from start to finish before us, and a host of other breweries literally leapfrogged us during the past 6 months. It is both an indication of the complexity of our project, but also the challenges we have faced and will continue to face with our space.
At 60 days from opening, there is a lot going on and as I said earlier, keeping on top of all that stuff can be a lot of work. If you stop for a second and look down, you are going to miss what is coming at you. Little things like Tap Handles, coasters, label deadlines, getting UPC codes, positioning of electrical outlets, timing of deliveries, and hiring of staff, can all creep up on you if you don’t think ahead and plan for the decisions you need to make.
One of the bigger issues we have right now is that there is so much going on in the brewery, its hard to schedule everyone at the right times. We have electricians working overhead, sprinkler installation people, carpenters, mechanical contractors, floor coating technicians, welders, and our team of people helping where we can. This means that with everyones tools, equipment and supplies, there is not a lot of room to work. I would suggest that when you build your brewery, you encourage people to get their work done as quickly as possible and as early as possible. The longer people wait to get stuff done, the more it makes your brewery busy and jam-packed.
Some of the big decisions we have to make are:
- What beers are we going to launch with in the tasting room
- Beer Names
- Tap Handles
- Order Chairs for tasting room
- Beer Prices
- Hiring of Staff
- Hiring of General Manager for the front of the house
- Delivery truck
- Ordering of bottle caps
- Ordering of 1st piece of new capital equipment
- A million and one things in the brewery
Just writing this list gives me a strong desire to get working and stop blogging. As such, I will carry on and leave this post here. I could write more, so much more, but time would be better spent elsewhere.