And how absolutely cool is that?
This morning, Greg sipped a porcelain cup filled with Earl Grey tea. Nibbling on a small cucumber sandwich, he asked, “Is everything finished?”
“Yes,” the inspector replied. “Everything is in order.” He slid a flat manilla envelope across the table. Greg opened it and glanced inside.
“Good,” he murmured. “Good.”
Okay so I’m pretty sure that’s not at all how it went. All I actually know is that Greg met with our city inspector and returned with our Certificate of Compliance, which is evidently the same thing as a Certificate of Occupancy but with a different name for a slightly different purpose.Â The result is the same.
All systems go. Community Beer Works is operational.
This Saturday we’ll be brewing a double batch. Those fermenters aren’t going to fill themselves. Then next week? More brewing. Week after that? Brewing. Brewing, brewing, brewing.
Last night we met at the brewery to construct our keg washer. Fermenters full of beer need to go somewhere, after all. We got the design from Phil Internicola at Pearl St, and it’s a pretty nifty setup: with a few openings and closings of valves we can take a dirty keg and make it sparkling clean and pressurized. I wrote down the steps we should take, including the one about stepping back so the vat of acid doesn’t splash up onto your shirt. Not that anybody would have been dumb enough to do that. On an unrelated note, I can confirm that a small amount of acid cleaning solution will not burn through your shirt.
We’re reading. We’re doing this. Our exact opening date isn’t set yet. We will be announcing when that is, as well as details about an opening event/party, as soon as they’re finalized.
Do you want the date of something we can announce? How about a five course beer dinner at Blue Monk with dishes created using beer pairings from our head brewmaster, Rudy Watkins? Featuring two beers from CBW, one of which will likely be poured for the first time at the event? Yeah, we thought so. May 1st at 6:30, tickets available at Blue Monk for $75.