Soooooooooooo………….it’s been a while, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been a ton of things happening. There’s plenty to unpack here so lets jump right to it shall we?
Update 1: Festivals, Festivals, Festivals!
Over the past few months we’ve had no property, no license, very little merchandise, armed only with our home brewing equipment and our wits. Yet, somehow we’ve been invited to attend festival, after festival through little to no effort on our part. It’s been a ton of fun and has provided us with many warm and fuzzy feelings. So far we’ve attended the Tri-cities Cask Festival, The Meadow Ridge Rotary Club Wine and Beer Festival, and The Golden Ears Cheesecrafters Festival. We were even offered to attend this years BC Beer Awards, but will need to wait until next year when our beer is commercially available. All really cool things though, and it should be noted that since we’re not yet licensed, none of that would have been possible without the help from our friends at Moody Ales, Foamers’ Folly, and Maple Meadows Brewing. They were kind enough to let us brew under their licenses so we could legally serve our beer at these events. Plus, they all make damn good beer, so if you haven’t stopped by their tasting rooms yet then be sure to get out there and fill a few growlers.
Update 2: Text Amendments, Text Amendments, Text Amendments!
Well, there’s only been one actually, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t super important. We did post this on our Facebook Page, but for those that don’t follow us (shame on you!) the text amendment that would allow us to manufacture in our building we planned on leasing was approved.Cool right? Just like the festivals we attended there’s plenty of people that we need to thank. Namely CAMRA BC and Karl Lundgren for offering some very kind words of support, and all the crazy peoples who showed up to the city council meetings sporting their SVB T-Shirts. It couldn’t have happened without you guys. Thank you so much for your support!
Update 3: Leases, Leases, Leases!
After the text amendment went through we could finally get the lease agreement signed and in the books. Just a heads up that, due to the legal implications of a lease agreement, this can take a little longer then you’d initially think. But, now we have it! We have the building! So….yeah. I think that’s it for this part of the post.
Update 4: Licenses, Licenses, Licenses!
Before you can open a brewery you need three things. First you need a property to manufacture. Second, you need brewing equipment. Third, you need a license. This one takes a while to get completely, but so far we’ve made it past the first step! Which, in this case, is a license in principle! This means that the Liquor Control Branch has reviewed our application and plans, and has given us the go-ahead to begin renovations, construction, order equipment, or any other process to get us closer to manufacture beer. However, before we get a final approval to begin manufacturing we’ll need to allow them to inspect the premises after all the renovations and equipment is in place. That’s a ways away, but at least we’ve got the first big step taken care of!
Update 5: Tired, Tired, Tired!
Full disclosure, there’s not much else to add to this posting, but we just wanted to make sure you knew how we’re holding up. For the most part we’re doing pretty good. Lots of forward motion lately, but there are definitely long droughts of waiting and planning for more waiting, followed by crazy panic, which is then followed up by (you guessed it!) more waiting. It’s amazing how tiring waiting can be….ssiiiiggghhhh….
So that’s it for now! Thanks again for reading and to everybody who’s helped and supported us along the way. We’d also like to give a special shout out to Aaron from Strange Fellows! He’s written one heck of a detailed blog that chronicled the opening of their brewery. Thanks again dude! Very much appreciated! We promise there will be plenty more updates in the coming months so watch out for more posts or head over to our Facebook page to stay in the loop.