Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Let's get Minnesota out of the dark ages; legalize Sunday sales

It's time to get the Minnesota State Legislature to clear some of the antiquated blue laws from the books — it's time to pass a law to legalize Sunday sales in Minnesota, allowing liquor stores to sell on Sundays and tap rooms and breweries to be open for on-premise sales as well.

Personally, I can think of dozens of times that I had some free time on a Sunday and wanted to go grab a quick beer at a tap room...but alas, archaic beer laws just don't make that possible. It's time to change this.

Professionally, I want to be able to be open for business on Sundays — it means more opportunities for people to try and enjoy my beer, more time to hangout in a tap room with your friends, and an opportunity to generate more revenue for the brewery and income for the employees that will work for me. It only makes sense.  Give business the freedom to decide whether or not they want to be open.  This isn't the Prohibition era — this is 2014.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Logistics planning underway

Laying out the brewery flow diagram
I love days off from work. They grant me loads more time — time with family, time to work on homework for school, and time to work on getting further along with my brewery's planning and development.

This morning I had the pleasant experience of waking up at 4:30 in the morning with my mind racing a million miles per hour — locked in my conscience was the nagging question of what I was going to need for valves, elbows, joints, etc.  Mind you, I'm at least a year away from having to worry about such details — but with the way my mind works, once it's on that quest, it won't be satisfied until I've got something down.

Seven hours later, I had about three-quarters of the flow diagram done for my brewery — from the city water service to the triclamp valve leading off to the fermenters. Of course I'm missing a few details, things like electrical service and control panel documentation — but that will come with time.

Why am I writing all this stuff down when there are companies that sell turn-key brewing systems? Funny you should ask (indirectly through the monologue in my head). While a lot of the pipes, fittings, valves and things of that nature will be brand new, I'm on a mission to see how much of my equipment I can re-purpose from other previously used items. The objective is to maximize the sustainability factor of my brewery without putting too much burden on the already high-demand manufacturing market for brewing systems. I'd like to minimize my carbon footprint, and one way to do that is buying used equipment.

There are loads of insulated dairy tanks just waiting to be used, lying around on some lot in rural Wisconsin; food-grade pressure tanks just begging to be used as fermentation vessels. Yeah, I probably won't have the most beautiful brewery with kettles lined with bright, shiny copper — but knowing that I've reduced my potential carbon emissions and have repurposed food-grade equipment for brewing is good enough for me. Besides, all that matters is that the beer is good and that you enjoy it immensely.

Here's to being environmentally responsible!  PROST!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Change is brewing

Just a quick note to say that we're announcing our pending presence here in the Twin Cities. PUBLIQ Brewing Company will be a Minneapolis-based microbrewery serving our craft beer directly to the consumer in our tap room. In addition to crafting and serving up fine ales and lagers, we will be a force for good within our community — adding to the tapestry of the community around us, committing to donate 5% of all our earnings to local charities, and providing opportunities for civic activism.

We also will provide opportunities for ownership in our brewery, selling a fixed number of shares; additionally we will also provide access to a co-op style membership that grants members opportunities for deeper discounts on our beer, merchandise, access to limited release beers, and other great chances to connect with us as a brewery.

We still have a long road ahead before we open our doors, but here's to hoping you'll be there on opening day!

Cheers!
Michael