Saturday, September 25, 2010

We Have a Brewhouse!

7 bbl Premier Stainless brewhouse at Good People Brewing in Birmingham, AL
So we just scored this sweet brewhouse from Good People Brewing in Birmingham, AL on Friday!  It is an "oversized" 7 barrel (217 gallon) brewhouse that's actually capable of brewing 9 barrel (279 gallon) batches.  This was a tremendous step for us because equipment demand is very high right now and the supply of good, lightly used brewhouses is very low.  As soon as we became aware of it, Emily, Lily, Lucy (our dog), and I were on the road to Birmingham to ensure we wouldn't miss out on it.

On our way down, we learned that another brewer was just as eager to get this brewhouse.  After checking it out we were engaged in an exciting, and somewhat intense, bidding war with the other prospective buyer on the way home.  Part of the tension was due to our spotty cell phone reception through parts of Kentucky and southern Illinois.  Luckily, we had Russ communicating and bidding back and forth--which he was also doing on the road!  In the end we still got the equipment at a price we were happy with, and we were relieved that our impromptu roadtrip was not just a sightseeing excursion.  We're still deciding on the best place to put this beautiful brewhouse, but we are definitely narrowing down our choices.

Stay tuned for more updates on our progress as we get closer to opening our brewery...


Lily and Lucy enjoying lunch at Blackstone Brewery in Nashville, TN

4 comments:

Ryan said...

n ice work.. i thought for sure you'd name the place brewery ya. slogan = "beer, yes we have that"

iceburg287 said...

As you narrow down your choices for location, I would strongly recommend locating in the City rather than the suburbs. The City has a strong tradition of brewing history, a history which is being celebrated more and more everyday. Unless you are thinking of somewhere like University City, I just cannot see a suburban microbrewery thriving. The excitement simply isn't there.

Matthew said...

Really excited about you bringing your brewing skills to St. Louis! If you are looking for a good location, there might be some spaces suitable in the Grove. Exciting place to be, and it would be a great addition to the neighborhood. You can take a look at the properties along the right hand side of this website...

www.thegrovecid.org

Ruth said...

wooot! you guys are having so much fun, arent you?