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.

Don't mind the mess, we're getting ready to brew!

Don’t mind the mess; we’re getting ready to brew!

Between standing on ladders and climbing on roofs, I managed to shoot the breakdown of the walk-in.

Thursday

Breaking down the walk-in.

Breaking down the walk-in.

We bartered with a local forklift guy- a growler of beer to pull our condenser off the roof.

We bartered with a local forklift guy- a growler of beer to pull our condenser off the roof.

Super Volunteer, Brett Acker, takes a break on our the walls of our walk-in.

Super Volunteer, Brett Acker, takes 5 on the walls of our walk-in.

This is how we celebrate. Makeshift tables rule.

This is how we celebrate. Makeshift keg tables rule.

The truck arrives. Now our trek to Torrance!

The truck arrives. Now our trek to Torrance!

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!

Saturday

We arrived in Torrance this morning to a flood from a broken pipe under Del Amo. This is the second time in less than two months we've had a break like this...luckily the water company fixed it very quickly.

We arrived in Torrance this morning to a flood from a broken pipe under Del Amo. This is the second time in less than two months we’ve had a break like this…luckily the water company fixed it very quickly.

Forklifts make building easy...and fun!

Forklifts make building easy…and fun!

Attaching the roof

Attaching the roof

Putting up the roof with Porter and Brett!

Putting up the roof with Porter and Brett!

Help from Kip Barnes and Mike Freeman (John Rockwell, not pictured). THANK YOU, Guys!

Help from Kip Barnes and Mike Freeman (John Rockwell, not pictured). THANK YOU, Guys!

Our glycol chiller arrived. Porter built a platform on the roof and Purple Crane lifted the condenser and chiller into place.

I think this will be a common occurrence in our brewery. Too sweet!

I think this will be a common occurrence in our brewery. Too sweet!

Dave, our electrician extraordinaire

Dave, our electrician extraordinaire

Compressor for the walk-in. GOING UP!

Compressor for the walk-in. GOING UP!

Glycol Chiller

Glycol Chiller

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?!

CHEERS!