Time for an update!
We’re still waiting on a few important things to fall into place before we can set our construction schedule, so in the meantime, we’ve been doing everything we can now so that we’re ready to go when that time arrives. As the title of this post might suggest, it’s been lots of little odds and ends…
We’ve been fine tuning our floor plan for the interior of the brewery and tap room. Here’s where it’s incredibly convenient that we’re both mechanical engineers and one of our best friends is an interior architect. Tim, being the amazing design engineer that he is, has been CADing up the floor plan while we’ve been scrutinizing every minute detail of the layout of our brewery. And our interior architect friend has been helping us make the taproom awesome. Once we’re done with the floor plan, we’ll be able to hand it over to our contractor, which is going to save us big bucks in design fees.
Tim also taught himself how to use Illustrator in order to get the logo (which I originally designed using Photoshop) into vector format. This way we can do things like have our logo laser cut into metal and printed on t-shirts and awesome shit like that. Anyway, it turns out that Illustrator is not at all fun to learn, but Tim did a fantastic job:
Speaking of t-shirts, a vendor that makes all sorts of brewery merchandise got in touch with me, and I’ve been getting myself all excited about shirts and glassware and growlers and stuff. We’ve been picking out what we want to order, and I’ve been working on the t-shirt design so that we can order our entire summer wardrobe soon. So if you see someone wearing a Twin Leaf t-shirt in the near future, say hello because it’s meeee!
As far as actual, like, real important stuff, we finalized all the details of our brewing system with our vendor so that we’re ready to order as soon as it’s time. So many options and decisions, and it’s our big dream system so it has to be perfect oh-em-geeee! We seriously agonized over the decision of whether or not to get a cold liquor tank or just stick with a jacked-up, high capacity glycol reservoir. In the end, we did decide to go with the CLT and size our glycol system smaller. So there, you can all sleep tonight knowing that decision has been made.
I also decided on all the quantities of hop varieties we’ll get in our hop contract. It was scarily fun going through all of our recipes, predicting the frequency with which we’d brew each one while accounting for experimentation, and determining the amount of each hop variety necessary for AN ENTIRE YEAR. Seriously, how can you really predict that?? But I actually had a lot of fun with those spreadsheets. Spreadsheets are the best!
Oh and I created that feedback form I was talking about! Isn’t it cute?
I created a web version too, but don’t be spamming me with fake feedback now. I know you’re not sneaking into my house to try our beer… Or are you??
The rest of what I’ve been working on is insanely boring. I read over the entire TTB website (well, at least everything related to breweries), which took forever, but I am now a master of federal beer tax laws. I also created an Operating Agreement for our LLC, which isn’t actually required in the state of North Carolina, but I figured it would be a good idea.
Other than that… Paperwork. Phone calls. Emails. You know, all that really glamorous stuff that comes along with starting a business. But things are moving along, even if they’re moving along slowly. Good things come to those who wait and all that.