Although it seems like we’ve been “all quiet on the Western Ave front”, we’ve been quietly working towards our first brew day in the new facility. We’re working daily to get everything in place and I dare say, we’re nearing the end…or rather, THE BEGINNING.
Last week, we vacated our warehouse in Santa Ana, breaking down our cold storage and moving all of the kegs to Torrance. The new brewery is a mess now! Stuff everywhere, but it certainly looks like a brewery. That’s cool.
Between standing on ladders and climbing on roofs, I managed to shoot the breakdown of the walk-in.
Breaking everything down and getting it to Torrance took all day. So we decided to tackle the reinstallation Saturday when we would have more volunteers. It turned out even better than we thought. Putting it back together was easy (with a forklift) and our four volunteers helped a lot too!! Thanks Brett Acker, Mike Freeman, and Kip Barnes and John Rockwell of LA Ale Works!
Our glycol chiller arrived. Porter built a platform on the roof and Purple Crane lifted the condenser and chiller into place.
Now that all of the pieces are in place, we have begun tying them together. The plumbers are plumbing the brewhouse and the mixing stations, our electrician is wiring the glycol and the cold storage, Porter’s finishing up the glycol runs and our other electricians are running electricity to the tanks and finishing up various odds and ends.
This feels like the final stretch. Next comes routing through the city inspectors and we’ll see what nuts and bolts we’ve overlooked. Hopefully, our diligence will lead to a painless passage through to Official Occupancy! We can’t wait to get brewing and have the construction phase behind us. Wish us luck and get ready to visit us at the brewery taproom.
We’re curious, what do you think should be our first brew in the new facility?!