With 23 days to go, our days are pretty busy, and with the news we received today, they are just going to get busier. As of today, we are officially allowed to manufacture beer in our brewery!!! Yeehaw, thats right, after submitting our manufacturers licence to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch 12 months ago, we finally received permission to brew beer.
It is a long and drawn out process, one that I have blogged about under the Process of Starting a Craft Brewery Page. Essentially, I can’t see anyone getting their manufacturers licence any quicker than 6 months. Given the amount of decisions you have to make, the people you need to work with, the government agencies that lack a sufficient quantity of personnel on this, etc, all combine to make the process go slow. It is why I recommend that as soon as you know you have a lease in place, this is the first thing you should do, apply for permits/licences as they are going to take the longest … really anything to do with government.
Anyhow, what this means is that Thursday we are going to brew our first batch of beer, which will then be followed by brew number 2 and 3 in quick order. I will be heading to the brewery in the morning to readjusting the webcam so that we can point it at the brewhouse and you can have a birds-view of things.
Of the many milestones in the road to starting a brewery, this is the one that you think about the most: Brewing the first batch of beer. A lot of work, preparation and effort goes towards making this day a reality, and next to the first day you get to drink your beer. This day is coming and until then, we have a long list of other things to get completed. We hope that our beer matches what we hope it will be, and really, what we expect.
The best part of having a tasting room is that we will get to make a lot of different beers. Barrel Aged, Lambics, Sours, Hoppy Beers, Strong Beers, Blended Beers, and even Lagers will be part of our tasting room. What makes all these beers possible is the crazy good mind of Iain Hill and the support of so many loyal craft beer supporters. Without your encouragement, preference for craft beer, and support none of this would be possible. We thank you for making beer unique and even strange beer something we can all be proud of again.
Very exciting times for us, and we hope to share our brand and beer with you very soon. Until then, keep reading this blog, checking our webcam and following our social media feeds.