Sycamore Brewing

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A Progress Update for the New Year

To say that we were busy in 2013 is an understatement!  There really aren't enough hours in the day when you are trying to put a brewery together.  Between our architects, contractors, fabricators, engineers, and everyone in between, we have been moving nonstop, and we ended the year with a huge amount of forward progress.

A snapshot of Sycamore Brewing's layout.  Things will still be tweaked a bit, but it has really come together!

As you may have read in one of our previous posts, we have a great building, albeit an old building.  What this translates to is pretty much starting from scratch with our upfit.  We need an all new water main, all new electrics and pretty much everything else except for walls and a roof.  The silver lining?  While the buildout is massive, we will be left with a brewery designed exactly as we would like it.  That is a huge upside!

We are working with a local NC company to design and build our American made 15BBL brewhouse.  Ours will be very similar to the one pictured, recently built for a brewery in Tennessee.

Outside of the progress with our building, we have crossed some other crucial items off of our to-do list.  Our licensure paperwork is completed, submitted, and we are now waiting on approval.  Our equipment is pretty much all established, with our brewhouse being a huge highlight.  We are working with a local company to design and build a 15BBL system customized for our footprint and tall ceilings.  We also bought our cold liquor tank from our South End neighbors, Triple C Brewing.  It is an old dairy tank and definitely not the prettiest, but it was their first, it is our first and we love it.  (I have a romantic notion of driving it down the light rail trail with our forklift when we are ready.  In the meantime, Triple C is being a great friend and storing it for us. Many thanks, guys!)

From one South End brewery to another. The "new" 800 gallon cold liquor tank we purchased from Triple C Brewing. 

On a smaller scale, we launched our new website, complete with an online store.  We are incredibly grateful to all of you who have shown us support and bought a t-shirt!  That money gets pumped right back into the brewery.  On the same note, thank you to anyone who has put up our stickers around town.  We dropped a few stacks off at some bottle shops, and when I saw one on the back of a car a few days ago, I couldn't stop smiling. It is pretty surreal, actually.

We have finalized our hop contracts and continue to brew constantly on our pilot system.  With the huge surge in craft breweries, securing hops has become more and more difficult, but we have contracted out for some pretty exciting additions -- some experimentals, a few exciting high alpha hops, and some great, classic  American and European varieties.  All of them are from this year's harvest -- nice and fresh!

The next few months will be all about our construction and equipment installation.  If things go according to plan, we are on schedule for an early summer opening, but projects like this rarely, if ever, take less time.  Fingers crossed!