Exciting times in the TRBC camp today (and hopefully at Country Brewer as well). Today we have been formally announced as the Tumut regions Country Brewer Distributors. From today you will be able to order and purchase the entire range of Country Brewer products from us.
Excise, Beer tax... I can't say that I had any positive feelings about this process and up until lodgement it had been long and painful. I could only assume that the process would continue in the same fashion.
As the old saying goes, Rinse and Repeat... As our anniversary approached so did more disappointing news, thats right March would represent 12 months since we started our journey. 12 months since we agreed we would do this for real and in 12 months we still would not be trading.
After months of waiting the time has come for our Brewery to arrive. Paula and I borrowed a Ute and a trailer and headed to Melbourne to collect the pieces we could carry. A 1200Km round trip is always good for the soul. We had a good run down and managed to load most of the equipment onto our trusty.
The brewery is ready for paint! Yep walls are up, floors are down, the place is plastered and sanded, things look pretty good. We buy some paint and get ourselves prepared for a big weekend. That is until we get some rain, first rain in months, first rain since we stripped the room actually. And the roof leaks, it leaks.
We're well into the New Year and construction is coming along well and while most of our applications are done there is still one big application hanging over our head. Excise, for those of you not in the alcohol production industry excise is the tax on alcoholic products (and assorted other things).
Our original hopes of trading for Christmas had been well and truly shot, well before Christmas. Our only real remaining dream is that by Christmas we will have our new equipment. Our supplier said that we should have it 8 weeks from order. That should have been about the first week of December.
People like to think that hops just bitter our beer... thats not even the half of it.Our hops add all kinds of amazing qualities to our Beer. Not just bettering but everything from fruity to citrusy to even grassy flavours. Changing the quantities and the time that we add them can completely change the flavour of our beers.
Two days after we get our DA the council throws us a curve ball. Yes it was approved but State Water is going to require a treatment plant. After 4 or 5 months of going over this they realise two days after issuing the DA that it might be required.
We have had a pretty busy few months stripping the brewery and starting to prep for the arrival of our new equipment. The plan had always been to be trading by December to cash in on the Christmas/summer trade.
June came quickly it was time to take the next big step. We had saved a little money and it was time to order our equipment and apply for our DA from council. We found a local supplier that was ordering cheap ( in every sense of the word), equipment from China.
After what seemed like a lifetime, a couple of months had passed and it was time to take the next big step. Simon offered me a job with him and Penny so we could use our quiet time to make headway on the brewery. So it was goodbye to Visy and hello to the next step.