Guess what? That blog post title is a pun! Yup, when I'm not planning my brewery, I spend all my free time ignoring my family and just working on really, really clever puns. Here's where the pun is explained: So the big news right now is that I've hired Wrap Architecture (pun revealed!!!) to do all my design and drawings required for permits/construction.
They came highly recommended from numerous people in the business and after meeting with them, I could immediately see why. Very knowledgeable and just damn nice people.
So now, we wait while Wrap and their consultants do their thing. We're talking general layout, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical plans and building code research (always fun in Chicago). This is going to take a few weeks.
After all the plans are completed, we'll be submitting drawings to contractors for bids and submitting for building permits. The building permit process in Chicago is a complete nightmare, but we'll get through it.
Since my last post I've also taken care of my general liability insurance for the business, got my surety bond for my TTB application (which is 99% ready to submit), and have firmed up what hops I can get from a variety of suppliers. I'll FINALLY have my hop contracts in place before the year is over. Slim pickings, but we'll deal with it. I've also done more detailed research on steam boilers and glycol chillers.
As usual, many wheels in motion. Lots of cogs in this machine, but we're getting there!