Could it be? Is it possible? Have we, at long last, come to the finish (er...um, starting) line?
As of this past week, specifically - Monday, June 22 at 2:57 pm - GrassLands Brewing Company has finally been granted permission via the state of Florida to brew and sell its own beer! How freaking awesome is that? Awesome enough that it deserves to be the spotlight in a monthly blog post, eh? We certainly think so...even on this monumental day in American History (just check your social media outlet of choice to get the reference).
Thinking back to when GrassLands was merely a twinkle in homebrewer Gabe Grass' eye - it's incredible to think how far we've come. Sometimes, after the taproom is all closed for the evening, I (Gabe) hang back and really just let this whole thing soak in for a few moments. I take a few deep breaths, count my blessings and give thanks to everyone who's made a positive impact in GrassLands becoming a reality. I could really get incredibly sappy with this post and name names - but you really know who you are. So I won't do that here.
Ahh, hell with that noise, I think I will! To - those of you who've backed us with the smallest to very large investments, those of you who shouldered through the crowds to get a sample of our beer at any given festival at which we've participated over the past four years, those of you who've taken the time to give us feedback on said beers as well as our business model, those of you who've sacrificed much to bring this idea to a reality - like leaving your corporate jobs to be a part of our little start-up, those of you who've showed an un-ending amount of support and encouragement, to my wife - my rock and GrassLands' first official stakeholder, I will forever be grateful. I mean that - I couldn't have done this without you.
Man, is someone cutting up onions in here? Let's get back on track Gabe.
So now what's on our horizon? Lots and lots and lots and lots of...you guessed it...CLEANING! Doesn't that sound like fun? That and paperwork. We'll manage to brew a few times here & there, right? Honestly, we're gearing up to get our brew on for realz. We've got not eight, but sixteen pilot fermenters ready to be filled. All we need to do now is get our ingredients delivered and put Penny to work! It'll be great to hear our taproom staffers not have to constantly answer patrons' questions like "Where's your beer?" with a "Not right now, but..." I'm sure they'll be happy to stop that as well, right Andrew, Liz, Spencer & Melissa?
We're in the process of planning what we're calling our Grand(er) Opening: (Insert Fun Tagline Here)! which will be coming in late August. Excited? We absolutely are. There's so much going on in and outside of our doors that we can barely keep our heads on straight. This is going to be a fun few months and we're psyched about all the opportunity!
So to all of you who've waited with baited breath on our beer, just hold that breath a little longer and ye shall be rewarded. Better yet, quench your thirst and enjoy your experience inside our taproom with some good beer. Every beer we currently put on tap is one we've either vetted or personally selected from previous experiences. We're eager to have our own on tap, but in the meantime, we're doing everything in our power to have a good time serving great beer brewed by our brewing industry brethren.
With that said, have an absolutely amazing weekend, my dear readers, because you definitely deserve it!