Hi this is Taylor, one of the Owners/Brewers!
First of all, welcome to our blog! In the coming weeks and months you can check this space to keep up to date on how we're progressing toward launching our brewery. We'll definitely use our social platforms to post updates as well, but this allows us to be a bit more thorough. We plan to keep these posts semi-short, and really informal. (except for maybe this first one!)
An update on our future location!
A few months ago Erik (Co-Owner/Brewer) and I were trying to decide on an appropriate location to release our beers publicly in CT. We looked in Bristol, Cheshire, Hartford, Wolcott, Farmington, Plainville and many other towns. Often driving around together scanning for properties or "For Lease" signs. We were surprised at how difficult it was to find a solid, affordable building in an area that really called to us. After many frustrating drives around CT, looking at vacant lots, meeting with building owners, property managers, Google searches and more, we were given the name Lou Perillo by a friend of mine, Dan Comen, who works for the Southington FD.
Lou is the Director of Economic Development in Southington. The first time we called Lou he said "swing by my office Thursday and we'll drive around town looking at some spots that I think could work for you." We were blown away! After looking at a few properties that didn't end up working out for various reasons, he then brought us to an open field in a quiet, industrial cul-de-sac. A new building would be breaking ground in early spring and he mentioned that maybe we could reach out to the owner and builder to see if they would be ok with having a brewery operate on the property. After arranging a meeting with them they were open to the idea and everything else has started to fall into place.
We really wanted to end up in the Cheshire or Southington area because of how central those locations are in Connecticut. That central component means very easy highway access from all directions. If you look at a map, you have 91, 84, 691, and rt15 provide really quick access to Southington. You also have Rt9 nearby, and of course Rt10 going right through the heart of the town. We think this access will make getting our product super easy, which is especially important considering we plan to launch as a retail shop only. This made moving to Southington a very easy decision for us. The town's hospitality thus far has only been icing on the cake.
The new building should break ground at the end of April 2017 and is slated to be completed by the end of July. Of course with any project of this magnitude, delays should be expected. Once the building is up we still have a ton of work to do on the legal, permits, zoning, and health aspects of opening a brewery, not to mention actually building out the brewhouse. So it's hard to nail down a date for when we'll launch. It's still really early.
If you've made it this far, thank you so much for your interest in our beer! We're looking forward to the hard work ahead and opening brewery to add to the already incredible Connecticut craft beer scene!
See you soon!