Category Archives: Start-up

There’s beer in the tank

We’re excited to share the news that we’ve finally brewed our first batch of beer, which was Eddy. John and I worked many hours counting down to brewday, and with some technical assistance from our awesome neighbors at Allagash (thanks Dee Dee!) we put some fantastic smelling wort into FV1, and let our house yeast go at it. And go at it they did.

Brewery in action

Now, as any new brewery will tell you, there’s some learning to be done on your equipment, and how to scale your recipes. We’re no exception. The flavor and aroma of Eddy are awesome, but we’ve still got a little bit of work to get it exactly where we want it. For this reason, you’ll see some minor changes in Eddy in the coming months. We’re putting out a beer that we’re proud of, but we’re not satisfied with just being good. We’re committed to making the best beer that we possibly can, and in the coming months we’ll get there. We hope you’ll join us on that journey, it’s going to be a blast.

Joel & John

Ooh, shiny!

1461123_518795668228486_386560568_nIt’s been a busy month at the brewery – things are finally happening on a big scale. Our brewhouse (mash/lauter tun kettle/whirlpool) arrived this week, along with the keg washer, grist hopper, and glycol chiller. This was delivery #2, two weeks ago our four large tanks arrived (out hot liquor tank, brite tank, and two fermenters). All the large equipment is finally in place, and Nason Mechanical has been laying pipe like madmen, running steam and glycol all around the brewery.

What does this mean to us? Over two years of work, deliberation, decision making and questioning, combined with many months of waiting for equipment to be built, is finally bearing fruit in the form of big, shiny, stainless steel vessels, soon to be filled to capacity with delicious beer.

Bear with us as we head down the home stretch. 2014 is going to be an exciting year for us as we brew and serve our first batch of beer, soon to be followed by many more.

Joel & John

Next Steps

ttb-application-submittedSince last we spoke, we’ve ordered brewery equipment, picked up some toys for the tasting room, and have been working closely with our contractors to plan the work our brewery needs for the massive delivery of stainless steel coming in the near future. A whole lot of work is planned, but we’re still waiting on approval from the city before we begin construction.

The upside is that this week we got our first phone call from the TTB, letting us know that with a few minor additions to our application, it’s now moving on to processing, and it shouldn’t be long before we get our Brewer’s Notice. This is the last piece standing between us and the remaining permits and applications that we need to fire off to the state and federal government.

In the meantime, we’ve been sharing our pilot batches with many friends and family members, making sure that our first batches of beer are as good as they can be on brand new equipment. We’ve also been talking to our neighbors next door and down the street, and we’re going to work together to make our neighborhood a fantastic beer destination.

Laying the Foundation

building-frontAs you may have gathered, we’re in the process of launching a brewery. We’re pretty excited about it. We have been working on Foundation Brewing Company for nearly two years, and we are starting to see our beer at the end of the tunnel.

We’ve kept many details quiet up until now, and that’s mostly because we wanted to make sure that they would happen the way we wanted them to. Also, it’s fun to have a surprise! For those of you who have been in the know, and have helped us to keep it (mostly) quiet up to this point, we thank you. For those of you who have been wondering who we are and what we have been up to, thanks for being patient with us.

As of July, we’ve leased space at the infamous One Industrial Way building, the same complex that birthed some other Maine breweries you may have heard of, like Rising Tide and Maine Beer Company. We’re psyched to be moving in to such a great space down the street from Allagash. Hopefully some of the great beer mojo of Industrial Way will rub off on us.

So, why are we announcing this now? Well, to put it bluntly, we’ve secured our financing, and can order up a bunch of shiny new brewing equipment. We also now have a (somewhat) predictable timeline leading towards producing beer.

What’s next? We’re currently working on remodeling the spaces we’re leasing, making them our home. We’ll be ordering our equipment this week, filling out paperwork for the feds, more paperwork for the city, more paperwork for…well, you get the idea.

We hope you’ll join us on this ride. We can’t wait to see you in our tasting room when we open later this year.

Joel Mahaffey and John Bonney