Wish Us Well, As Demolition Begins...
Until recently, the most rewarding moment of opening a brewery was the sale of our first beer (never mind that the customer was a family member). Thus far, the process has been an uphill adventure. But subtle accomplishments, like the sale of our first beer, helped fuel more tiny victories and after awhile, we arrived at this past week—the taproom buildout starting line.
Well, hold on, let's make sure the story's politically correct.
By buildout we mean demolition and by demolition, we mean Nick teaching two novice construction workers how to swing hammers and use power tools.
Objective: deconstruct the building's interior, explore the structure's integrity, and figure out where more structural support is needed.
In order to finalize architectural drawings, and receive the building permits for a taproom remodel, we had to expose the building's insides, determine what's load bearing and what's not. When housing steel brewing equipment and pallets of raw goods, one miscalculation might result in a structural catastrophe. Therefore, understanding how the building was assembled and where to add reinforcement is key.
With regards to demolition, pains were inevitable. Especially when wearing gas masks, snowboarding goggles, acid washed jeans, and Vans for protection. We soon realized two things:
1) Construction is tough.
2) Skateboarding shoes are lousy at safeguarding feet from nails and falling steel.
For us, the demolition represents more than an opportunity to prove our manliness. Yes, ripping apart walls with sledgehammers, making obnoxiously loud noises with expensive tools, and being covered in irregular filth is pretty fun. But more importantly, it's a sign that we're making real, tangible progress towards the opening of our taproom on Swift Street. All of a sudden, the dream of having an authentic, commercial brewery is starting to look a tad more realistic.