Contrary to popular belief that The Bruery has liquidated all of its equipment and its owner is sitting at Hollingshead from 11 AM until 8 PM during the work week, and at Beachwood BBQ on Saturdays and Sundays drowning his sorrows, The Bruery’s first batch is on the horizon!
The City of Placentia signed off our final inspection on Wednesday, February 14th. I was elated to have the inspector come in, tell me the place is ready for business, and sign the last box on a long checklist of items. It almost immediately changed my perspective from being in the brewery construction business to being an owner of a brewery and a brewer.
This upcoming week the gas and electricity will be turned on, and we’ll finally be able to use hot water and our pumps to clean the brewing equipment. The Orange County Department of Environmental Health (Health Dept.) will be inspecting this Thursday, February 22nd. If this inspection goes well, we’ll be able to start brewing.
We’re looking to start brewing on Feb. 29th, which would allow us to start selling beer sometime in early April. Hollingshead Deli will be our first customer, so they are graciously hosting an informal tasting to celebrate our first sale. Kenny and I will be sure to let you know when that’ll be!
Also, keep Saturday, May 10th open for our grand opening party. We will be open for business prior to then, but my priority right now is to get the beer out there once it’s ready. We will likely release a special seasonal beer at the party as well!
Thanks to all of you for being patient in this long process of opening a brewery. I now understand what it is like to deal with construction and the bureaucratic process and why it takes such a long time. While I hope The Bruery grows steadily, I’m not looking forward to building the next brewery! Right now, I’m just looking forward to selling my first case.
Congratulations to Ben Cook of Hangar 24 Brewery in Redlands, and Aaron Barkenhagen of Bootleggers Brewery in Fullerton for brewing their first batches recently! It looks like there’s going to be a lot more great beer in Southern California very soon.
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