As many of you know by now, we've finally been awarded our Brewer's Notice from the Alcohol Tax and Trade Bureau (better known as the TTB) - which was an exhilarating feeling to say the least. We'd been waiting for what we felt was a little longer than we were led to believe was an appropriate amount of time and all it took was a phone call (supposedly) and an email to see what was going on. Our analysis was that our application fell through the queue cracks - complete, but not given any final approval...which was all it took! We're feeling much better now, of course.
So what's next? Can we begin brewing? Nope, not just yet. Next up in the seemingly bottomless well of red tape is the Florida ABT Cereal Malt Beverage (CMB) license. We'd known about this one all along, but we couldn't apply for something that wasn't already signed off by the feds. Thankfully, there's not a brewery opening every day (on average) in the state of Florida. Our processing time will be minuscule comparatively to the TTB wait we went through. Our buddies at Proof next door reportedly only had to wait 3 days. Ahh, the joy of federal and state paperwork!
With all that said, we're gearing up over here at GrassLands. After a very, very fun American Craft Beer Week celebration where we had something different on tap every single night, we're putting our orders together for everything else we need to get going on our first several batches of beer to be brewed. We've tested out Penny the Pilot System and she's informed us that she's ready to roll too. Our pilot fermenters arrive next week as well as our first keg order; ingredients to follow!
The larger system will arrive later this year, so for now, we're going to focus on kicking ass and getting feedback from you, our dear readers and taproom guests! We've often been asked what our first batch to be brewed will be. We chuckle, but the answer is obvious to us: Groundation Amber Rye. We've said it before, but Groundation is a recipe that's evolved over the past seven years when Pres Gabe first began brewing and the addiction firmly took hold. In fact, Groundation evolved from the first beer Gabe ever brewed. It'll continue to evolve, no doubt, but its final form is nigh, that's for sure! Following that, we'll brew Rising Embers Tropical IPA and then our Horizon Line Saison, Catalina Cafe Stout, and LeeRoy the Red...with a few others thrown in for good measure. Sound good to you? It do to us. We're planning a beer release party at the end of summer...it's gonna be a blasty blast!
Okay, so it's been a bit, but we'll likely get this on a schedule - one blog post per month that continuously documents what we've been doing, what's happening soon, and where we're heading in the not-too-distant future! So now we'll leave you to enjoy a wonderful (and safe) Memorial Day weekend, dear readers, because you absolutely deserve it! And remember why you're off on Monday - thank an active duty military man or woman and/or a vet today! We're celebrating their commitment to our country by providing active duty and veterans with 10% off their orders in the taproom on Saturday! Till next month