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9. ON SCHEDULE

I realized recently how long it’s been since I posted anything about the brewery construction.

Through all the sneak peaks Gabe has been posting on Facebook and Instagram I felt like we were covered.  However, when I step back, I realize just how much has happened since the last post about framing.  I kept waiting for one particular thing to happen that I could write about, and during that period of time, so many small things were occurring that resulted in a tremendous amount of progress without me even realizing it.

So, below is where we are now.  On track still to open around the beginning of April 2017.  Next steps for construction is the roof, board and batten siding, septic and drain field, and the start of interior finishes.  While construction progresses, Gabe is soaking up all he can while working at Champion Brewery in Charlottesville and brewing some incredible beers from home (most recently a cantaloupe saison and a peach gratzer – he’s on a fruit kick and it’s delicious!)

-Mark

 Looking up the hill from future gardens towards West end, taproom side, of brewery.

Looking up the hill from future gardens towards West end, taproom side, of brewery.

 Up on the deck looking South past outdoor fireplace towards future beer garden.

Up on the deck looking South past outdoor fireplace towards future beer garden.

 Looking at the East end of the brewery (the brewing floor portion) down the hill towards the taproom.  All exterior brickwork is done with board and batten on the taproom portion of the building up next.

Looking at the East end of the brewery (the brewing floor portion) down the hill towards the taproom.  All exterior brickwork is done with board and batten on the taproom portion of the building up next.

 Standing on the brewing floor, looking towards the taproom.

Standing on the brewing floor, looking towards the taproom.

 From the attic space above the taproom looking down towards the brewing floor.  Concrete has been poured and cured with trench drain installed.  Cold room and grain room are framed out to the left.

From the attic space above the taproom looking down towards the brewing floor.  Concrete has been poured and cured with trench drain installed.  Cold room and grain room are framed out to the left.

 Plumbing is complete throughout taproom and brewing floor.

Plumbing is complete throughout taproom and brewing floor.

 Electrician has begun to place fixtures and outlets.

Electrician has begun to place fixtures and outlets.

 Standing in the taproom with the brewing floor to your back.  Bar is on the right with the fireplace ahead.  Next step in here is finishing the wood wrap on the steel beams.

Standing in the taproom with the brewing floor to your back.  Bar is on the right with the fireplace ahead.  Next step in here is finishing the wood wrap on the steel beams.

 Standing with fireplace at your back looking towards brewing floor with bar on the left.  Large opening into brewing floor will remain with sliding wood doors to be installed.

Standing with fireplace at your back looking towards brewing floor with bar on the left.  Large opening into brewing floor will remain with sliding wood doors to be installed.

 Detail of beam and wood work.  Rough-cut ceiling joists will remain exposed.

Detail of beam and wood work.  Rough-cut ceiling joists will remain exposed.

 Standing behind the bar (a view that Daniel, our taproom manager, will be VERY familiar with.)

Standing behind the bar (a view that Daniel, our taproom manager, will be VERY familiar with.)

 Back down in the gardens looking up the hill.  Keep checking back for updates (which I promise to be better about!)

Back down in the gardens looking up the hill.  Keep checking back for updates (which I promise to be better about!)