This is an important morning at Three Taverns as we make our decision on both the supplier and the material for running the glycol lines necessary for chilling and controlling the temperatures in our fermenters and brite beer tanks. This has been an exhausting decision as we’ve looked at multiple piping options and various ways to run the lines, each with a different price tag and installation schedule. As the steam lines near completion and the final pieces are being put in place for activating our brew system, running the glycol lines will be the finishing stoke necessary for brewing the first batch of Three Taverns beer. And after months of managing a construction project, the team at Three Taverns has never been more ready than we are now.
With parents in town for my son’s birthday followed by a friend’s 40th birthday celebration last night, I was forced to take a reprieve this weekend from the brewery and find myself surprisingly relaxed and reflective this morning as I enjoy my first cup of coffee. Building this brewery is both the most intensely exhilarating and mentally exhausting project I’ve ever attempted. Rarely am I not thinking of some aspect of the build-out or some task that needs completing or has hit an obstacle that needs overcoming. I am so ready to exit this construction project and just start making and selling beer, but that moment of release is unavailable without the steady and unyielding effort to piece this brewery together, some days seemingly one brick at a time with little visible evidence of movement. But this morning as I reflect on the last few years, especially the last few months and weeks since beginning this quest, I am amazed at how very close I am to realizing this dream. And I’m reminded of the critical need for a clearly defined vision kept ever in the center of the minds eye as a guide and inspiration for turning big dreams to reality. This picture of the morning light bleeding into the brewhouse brings a quiet and calm beauty to the work site and captures my mood as I enjoy this moment of settled reflection. If you haven’t yet seen, check out this wonderful article from Bob Towsend at the AJC for more affirming words on our brewery vision, http://tinyurl.com/c65fxw9