My friends Jeff Whitman and Rob Wallace invited me up for a little get together they had at their awesome mancave a couple weeks back. These guys love good beer! And they are taking their love to the next level. The mancave was designed to be a brewery with a members only club in the back. They didn’t have the money to set up the brewery so they set up the mancave club and used it as their personal hangout. It was a great place with tables and stools, a poker table, a flat screen HDTV, a Kegerator and cushy couches. It also had shelves that stocked a most impressive collection of rare beers and single malt scotches. Their idea was that once they got the brewery up and running they would serve their beer in the club and bottle and sell the rest. Great plan, right?…WRONG!
This is one of those “Best Laid Plans…” See the owner of the business park where they were located changed his mind and didn’t want them to sell beer on site. Well that really put a damper on their plans, so they were on the hunt for a new location. They found it only 1/2 mile from the existing place and it was perfect! Good water, and plenty of it, bigger space, and the potential to have a kick in the pants tap room when it all gets put together.
Only one problem remained. They had to get all the brewing equipment to the new place…
Enter the movers!
It is a good thing that both Rob and Jeff are good buddies with Fred Colby from Laughing Dog Brewing up in Sandpoint, Idaho. See Fred within the last few months moved his brewing operation about the same distance, and has a crew of experienced guys that could take the brewery for the short ride to the new location.
So after a day’s hard work, after the celebration party the night before, all the parts and pieces were moved over to the new location. A few days later it was set up and here is what it looks like now.
Obviously there is still a lot to do. There needs to be about a mile of tubing installed between the tanks, and a French drain needs to be cut in the floor, floor treatments need to go down, as well as a number of other steps to get the brewery ready to produce. Not the least of which is getting all the needed permits to begin commercially brewing. When all is in operation at full capacity this brewery will be capable of producing about 1200 barrels a year. Oh, and I forgot to mention this will be an all Belgian Brewery. That’s right, an Idaho first, and quite frankly a rarity in the US as far as breweries go, and we will have it here in our state! Good luck Jeff and Rob. Hopefully you can quit your day jobs and unleash that Monastic Spirit! Idaho will be all the better for it!