The process of opening Modern Times has gone from “constant high level of work” to “feverish attempt to finish everything as quickly as possible.” The reason: we finally received our building permits.
Up until that point, we’d done virtually everything we could without permits and were struggling a bit to stay busy on the construction side (admin & brewing remained insanely busy). With permits in hand, it’s now a race to the finish.
Probably the biggest news is that Derek Freese is starting work on Monday. He’s going to take on full-time pilot brewing, which will help our recipes evolve at a much faster clip. When he’s not frantically homebrewing back-to-back batches like a good brewing drone, Derek will do all manner of Charlie-work, like cleaning our massive, filthy warehouse; painting our massive, filthy warehouse; demolishing the offices inside our massive, filthy warehouse; and starting work on the bones of the tasting room, which won’t be massive or filthy.
Derek will be handling all of the ‘clean’ pilot brewing, leaving longtime recipe collaborator Mike Tonsmiere to handle all of our Brett/funky/sour pilot recipes. We’ll need more of those recipes because after discussing the situation with Matt, I think we’ve figured out how to brew large-scale batches of funky beer without exposing our clean beer to excessive risk.
Essentially, the idea is this: we’ll dedicate a tank to Brett ferments and then carbonate the beer made within its funky bowels in the vessels from which they will be served (i.e. kegs and 22oz glass bottles). It’s not the fastest or most efficient or most foolproof way to make beer, but I steadfastly refuse to put funky beer through the same plumbing as clean beers. There is simply no reliable way to kill Brett once it’s gotten inside a pipe or hose.
This plan will require us to purchase a dedicated—albeit exceedingly manual—bottling line, which, when combined with the dedicated tank & dedicated hosing, make this an exceptionally capital & space intensive proposition. So I’m just preparing you: these beers will not be cheap. But I can assure you that we will hold ourselves to an unreasonably high standard of quality and won’t release anything that doesn’t blow the doors off of our lives. Strictly the danksauce whales, bro.
Alrighty, that’s it for now. Keep an eye out for what will most definitely be a cockstaggering Kickstarter campaign in early March. The rewards are shaping up to be thoroughly luxurious, but if you’ve got suggestions for more, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments.