Location, location, location!!

This summer has been flying by!  We have most of our equipment selected but we're still working on getting the perfect home for it.  We found a place that could be great but we're currently digging into the construction and building requirements before signing the lease.  Its been keeping us very busy talking to architects, contractors, building officials, etc.  

Fortunately we did find some time to relax and get back to our craft.  We brewed a blonde ale that is light and sweet - a regular crowd pleaser.  We also have a Gose bubbling away which is my first sour brew.  I'm still getting used to the idea that its okay to have lactobacillus in my beer but I think its going to become a gateway into sour beers.  

Things are going to start moving quicker for Spires Social.  I'll be sure to be better about posting updates here.  Until next time, enjoy your favorite summer brew!

 

Cheers,

Alex

Crowdfunding

We kicked off a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.  Thanks goes out to Land Grant for hosting our celebratory party and to everyone who came out.  We had some fun with beer trivia and a beer naming contest (what kind of beer is Creepy Uncle?!) 

If you haven't already checked it out, you should go to our Indiegogo page right now!  Then tell all of your friends to go to the page and tell all of their friends to go to the page....   We're also working on securing a location for this venture.  I've got high hopes for a place near Maxtown and Route 3 in Westerville but I'll wait for a little more progress to announce it.  It turns out there are a lot of things that have to happen to turn a building into a (legal) brewery.  I think we've about got it all figured out.  All this brewery excitement has me wanting to brew, so I'll start documenting this batch of homebrew tomorrow when I harvest some yeast from the slant.  

Stay tuned and if you haven't already you should go check out our Indiegogo page!  

Cheers,
Alex

Our beginnings

This blog will document our journey of opening a brewery.  So fill your glass, sit back, and enjoy...

We are getting ready to launch a crowd funding campaign.  We had a blast shooting the video and we owe a huge thank you to Laura Spires, Shane Stefanchik, and Michelle DiCeglio for taking the idea and turning it into a high quality video!!  They're pretty amazing and you should definitely check out their other work at MadLab.  We're finishing up a few more details for the campaign and then we'll have a kick off party to share it with the world. 

We're also looking for a location, talking with banks, researching and documenting lots... it sometimes feels a little slow moving but we're being thorough and planning every little detail which tends to pay off in the long run.  The brewery we're planning is a 10 barrel (315 gallon) system.  That will probably get pieced together from whatever I can find.  I've already started some PLC programming to automate it, so it should be a fancy "whatever I can find" brewhouse.  My homebrew setup will become our pilot and brew-on-premise system.  Homebrewing is what really grew my passion for beer so we want to spread that passion by teaching people how and we'll be a one stop shop for everything you need to pick up the hobby (that sounds better than addiction right?).  Anyway that's all for now and I'll be sure to post more once we have some exciting progress.  Let me know if you have any questions and thanks for reading.

Cheers!

Alex