So, This Happened Yesterday
Remember that elaborate and disgustingly expensive set of toys we purchased in February, c'mon, remember? They're shiny, fragile, made of steel and are scheduled to arrive this summer, remember? Ok, you probably don't.
Months back we placed an order for an expandable, ABE 10 bbl brewhouse customized to fit neatly in our Swift Street brewery. Yesterday, part of it arrived. Consider it Christmas in July or think of being five and building a Chuck E Cheese's in your backyard. For us, it's the most significant step we've taken.
Being naive, we failed to understand the complexity of our multi-piece, equipment delivery. We knew we'd need tools; we knew we'd need help, but we envisioned it to be more like a FedEx delivery then the arrival of a massive freight full of iron equipment.
Although made of steel, the equipment requires delicateness when handling. One minor miscalculation or modest mistake will send a top heavy, nine hundred pound vessel smashing into the pavement, collapsing it inwards like a Capri Sun pouch sucked dry. Nonetheless, a scenario ripe with panic transitioned to an afternoon full of generosity and kinship. Butch, the owner of Westside Farm & Feed, donated five hours of forklift operating expertise while our contractor rescheduled his day to lend a hand. Anxiety turned to celebration as (4) 10 bbl fermenters and (1) 10 bbl brite tank were securely placed inside our Swift Street brewery.
Without the help of our awesome community, we might still be trying to muscle the equipment from the freight. We're grateful for all the assistance, and it's safe to say we owe a few people a whole lot of beer ;). Keep your eyes peeled, the other half of our equipment is expected to arrive later this summer. With a little luck, we might be brewing beer on Swift Street before you know it.