So back in October last year we told you about the plans we were laying out to move and expand our business into the Old Butter Factory building in Tumut. After trials and tribulations this move unfortunately fell through, and although we were disheartened at this set back we know that these things happen and we wouldn’t have gotten to where we are now without falling down and picking ourselves back up. So pick ourselves back up is what we did and began searching for our next move.
We feel like we got a bit ahead our ourselves last time and spilt the beans a little prematurely, so this time were going to contain our excitement and eek the news out to you bit by bit; suspenseful like. So heres the first big sneak peak at what we’re doing.
We’ve got the location locked down, our equipment slab was poured at the end of March and a week or so later two containers of shiny new gear arrived from a land far away (China) so that we could start putting our new brewhouse together. This location is bigger than the Old Butter Factory we had lined up before and is also in a better location too; two things we thought we couldn’t best so we’re very happy!
We’re building a 1,200 litre brew house and have eight new fermenters (6 1,200 litre fermenters and two 2,400 litre fermenters). This is the same capacity that we had plans for at the Old Butter Factory, and again this move to bigger and better equipment means that the brewing process is going to work faster and better, with more control for us so that we can produce an even more consistent product.
However by far the piece of equipment that we are most excited about is our new keg washer. We have been washing kegs by hand for the last four years now and the more we sell the more we have to wash and as time passes the more laborious it has become so we are exceptionally excited about this particular new piece of kit! (Pictured here with Simon attached).
Do you remember from our previous article when we said that we would be doing contract brewing and buying ourselves a label printer so that others wouldn’t have to make a huge commitment to tens of thousands of labels like we did? Well we think you home brewers out there will be pleased to hear that these are still included in our plans, because we remember where we came from and the help that we were given by others and we want to continue to extend that hand.
We are still planning to build a restaurant space in the building however plans for this are going to be put on hold for a short while as we focus on getting the brewhouse set up and running smoothly. When we do this though we will, again, have more space available than previously planned and there are also beer gardens and children's rooms in the mix. However, first and foremost, our focus is on beer and getting our brewhouse operational and (hopefully) 24 of our own beers on tap because beer is what we’re really good at! Oh there is also going to be a huge amount of onsite parking for you guys too!
There you have it, we’re on the move! Of course there will be small interruptions to our trading whilst all of this is going on however we will definitely be open for our normal trading hours. We may just be trading outside or have our mobile bar set up for service, just depends on what it takes to keep it going because we still want you guys to drink our beer, after all it is because of your continued support that this is all happening! Even though this is all going on you can still come down and see us, and if you’re intrigued by what you’ve heard so far maybe one of us will have a little more news for you. See you soon!!
Alright, now the fun part! Our gear is here and the slab is treated and ready to rock and roll. So it’s time to actually put the final pieces of the puzzle together. We needed a little help getting it up off the ground and positioning it because, who would have thought, brewing equipment is freaking heavy.