John Kater, Head Brewer, 217 Brew Works (Brewery in Planning) was in town to begin the move to Wilson. He found an apartment and the time to spend at Raleigh Brewing and Double Barley.
We are in the final stages of interior design for the brewery, tap room, and ordering the equipment.
The pictures below are from our detailed tour of Double Barley. Thanks to the crew there for their time and support.
We will be brewing and introducing a very special 'Wilson' beer with the help of the folks at Vick Family Farms.
John and I continue to plan for the brewery. We are waiting for final numbers on the up fit budget for the interior of 217 South also final proposals from two equipment manufactures.
Right now, assuming all goes well and we decide it is financially possible to do the brewery, it would be open for business late summer or early fall of 2016 at the absolute earliest. This is due to the construction required for the interior up fit and to apply for the brewery application with the State and Federal agencies and a 6 to 8 month lag in equipment delivery.
We are not concerned with this schedule as it will support the further completion of the Whirligig Park and the redevelopment of the High Dollar Warehouse which has a ground breaking planned for January 2016 and at least an 18 month construction schedule.
Successful change takes time....
The business plan is now complete and uncovered a number of both concerns and opportunities for the planned brewery. The biggest 'unknown' is if we can get folks to actually come to the brewery on a regular enough basis to have a break even financial success.
We have identified a Head Brewer.... I am heading to an brewery equipment auction at the end of the month and hope to be the high bidder... that will help with the overall cost and outfitting of the system.