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Back into the thick of it

We’ve said it before, and on the blog to boot, but there hasn’t been a post fully devoted to it. So:

On Friday, July 8, 2011, we received our TTB Brewer’s Notice.

This is one of the biggest hurdles we’ve crossed. It took 171 days, but we have it. It’s ours! Huzzah. There has been much rejoicing, and it will continue.

And yet, amidst all the celebration, it appears we still have quite a bit of work to do.

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Our next biggest step, obviously, is the State Liquor Authority. That’s where the majority of our efforts are going: at Saturday’s weekly gathering we’ll be compiling our personal questionnaires and discussing when we can all meet to be fingerprinted. Yes, I’m going to be in The System! There goes my life of crime.

Although that’s the most prominent task before us, no less important are the building modifications that need to be made before we can open. All the licensing in the world will do us no good if the gas and water pipes aren’t big enough to let us brew, and if there’s no temperature controlled area in which to condition the beer. The SLA is important, to be sure, but our plan is to use the time they take processing our application to turn our building into a brewery.

You might wonder if that’s all that we at CBW are up to. “Not remotely!” I’d respond, in the manner of Vizzini from The Princess Bride. You see, we’re once again being let out into the public in the near future. Twice, in fact!

The Buffalo Brewfest is something you’re likely already attending, if you’re reading this. We’ll be there this year, though we won’t be pouring beer. Sorry, and next year! We’ll be there, though, and with bells on. We may not have bells on. We may just have CBW shirts on. And pants, I’d imagine, though with some of us you never really can tell. My point I’d that you should go, and once there you should find some time to say hi.

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Then, the very next week, we’ll be back for our third appearance at the Bidwell farmer’s market. Mark your calendars: August 13, it is, which my wife would like you to know is International Left Handers Day. Come up and congratulate Ethan for being sinister! We’ll be brewing yet again, but this time perhaps a saison. We’ll let you know.

Finally, it has come to our attention that some of you don’t like Facebook. I understand: I’m one of those people! You currently can’t circle us, or +1 us, or anything of that sort on Google+, so what’s a person to do if they’d prefer not give Zuck Zuck Goose all their personal information? We’ve started a super secret, exclusive mailing list that you can sign up for!

Okay, it’s… It’s not that exclusive. We’d like for it to be as inclusive as possible, actually, meaning that everyone on the Internet would be subscribed. More reasonably, we’d sure like it if you would subscribe. That’d be swell. If you’ve given us your email at either previous Bidwell, or at another event we’ve been at, you’ll be getting signed up automatically. Why don’t you be sure, though? I’d hate for you to miss out on any fun stuff.

Until next week!