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Skull Coast Brewing Company, Inc.

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Thursday
Dec202012

Construction Updates: Asphalt, Plumbing and Rollup Doors

Since a number of our previous posts have focused on what has been happening in the Taproom, we thought it might be a good opportunity to let you know the progress on the Brewery and the overall development.

Ext. Skull Coast Brewery with new asphaltSidewalk around the front of the Skull Coast BreweryEven though it was raining today, they were able to lay the asphalt for parking outside the Brewery. (Please excuse the quality of the shot, it was raining pretty hard and the lens for the iPhone was probably pretty wet. But, take my word for it, it looks fantastic!)

In addition to the asphalt, they were also able to complete the sidewalk around the front. 

It's important to note that a couple of months ago the front of the structure had all the windows bricked up and it was covered in weeds and debris. The developers had rescue the interior window steel frames, and then custom order individual glass panes for each one of the squares. Today, most windows like this are just one large piece of glass. But, to the developer's credit, they restored this historic building back to its original design. 

Interior Skull Coast Brewery production area.

While my iPhone was unable to capture a wide shot to view the interior space, the interior of the production floor has really starting to come together. 

Wide shot of the Skull Coast Plumbing installatonClose-up shot of the Skull Coast Brewery plumbingAbove you will see one of the many plumbers working on the job. While there are a number of ways to handle the engineering of the plumbing, until you see how the sausage is made, it's hard to imagine exactly what and how much is needed to run between the brewery and the Taproom. 

The shot to the right gives you just one perspective from one side of the brewery on all the plumbing that has been installed over the last couple of days. 

In the interest of full-disclosure, the other day I came into the brewery to check on the progress and all the plumbing was in its normal white color tubing. I kind of freaked out! Again, seeing the sausage being made is sometimes a bit of a shock. Since then, the construction folks have taken pity on me, and started to paint all the plumbing black to blend into the beams and keep the beauty of the ceiling. 

Brand new Skull Coast Brewery rollup doors.

Finally, the Brewery's loading dock rollup doors have been installed. (Again, please excuse the grainy quality of the image. Since it was getting dark and raining hard, I was pushing the limits of the iPhone camera.) While I was there, they were installing the side doors.

Before signing off from this post, I just want to give one more huge thank you to both the developers and the construction workers on this project. They are pushing extremely hard. I heard some of the workers did 90+ hours last week. Incredible! On behalf of the entire Skull Coast crew, we cannot thank them enough for everything they are doing for us. Cheers!  

Friday
Dec072012

We Have A Bar (Frame)!

Skull Coast Brewery Taproom Bar & Sub-FlooringThe Skull Coast Brewing Company's Taproom Bar(frame) has been installed! Also, if you compare the last post to today's, you'll see that the sub-flooring has been completed. For those with a keen eye, you'll notice that a great deal of electrical conduit and plumbing has been installed. 

Front View of the Skull Coast Taproom Bar Frame

What you can't see in the photos is the fact that there were some 75+ workers on site today working hard to get us up as soon as possible! From myself and the rest of the Skull Coast crew, we can't thank them enough for all of their hard work!

Thursday
Nov292012

Taproom Floors Poured and Framing Started

Skull Coast Brewing Company Framing Up & Taproom Floors PouredDropped by the Skull Coast Brewery today to check on progress. As many of you know, the Brewery floors were poured right before Thanksgiving. Today, we found that the Taproom floors were poured and the framing was up, dividing the Brewery from the Taproom. They had also completed the framing for the bathrooms.  

Thursday
May242012

Busy Week at the Skull Coast Brewery Construction Site

The last week has seen a number of changes at the Skull Coast Brewery. Demo is continuing, and unfortunately uncovering more issues to deal with. But, let's start with the good news:

Photo Credit: Eckard Photographic

As you can see from the photo above, the roof connecting the two structures has been removed. If you look down at the fourth image from last week, the entrances shown here would have been dark -- since there was a roof there. Unfortunately, the old roof was unstable and had to be removed. 

Photo Credit: Eckard PhotographicIf you were standing inside the future Hollar Hosiery Mill courtyard/foyer, the above image is about where you would be standing. You can see the work that has been done to remove the roof, and the future work that needs to be completed. The image below is from the opposite side.   

Photo Credit: Eckard PhotographicNow, if you look at the top banner here on our website, you will see in the render the architectural structure that is envisioned to connect the two buildings in the space above. Unfortunately, that is where some more bad news comes into play. As any brewer will tell you, steel is increasingly becoming hard to get. For the development, the steel structure that will be occupying this space will take longer than anticipated to procure. We anticipate that the steel will take a little more than 30 days to be delivered.  

INSIDE THE BREWERY

Photo Credit: Eckard PhotographicThe above image is a first look at inside our brewery space. As you can see, the entire floor had to be removed because the wood was rotted. Previously, on the left and the right, the windows were all walled up with brick -- similar to the current back wall in the photo above. Eventually, the back wall windows will also be opened (or de-bricked) to look out into the courtyard from the above pictures. Clearly, there is a great deal more work to be done within the space itself. But, we're getting really close to stripping away all the old plumbing and vents to get to a shell that the construction crew can start with.

Photo Credit: Eckard Photographic

The last image above shows the loading dock outside the brewery. As you can see, we still have a lot of work to do in order to start shipping beer again. But, hang in there! The demo and construction crew is working incredibly hard and doing an amazing job! They have come a long way already, and everyday gets us that much closer to brewing beer again.

We'd like to thank once again our new neighbors, Eckard Photographic, for the amazing images and documenting the construction process for us. It's going to be great to see some of the before and after pictures once the brewery goes up. Please be sure to visit their site and/or give them a call. Cheers!  

Monday
May142012

Skull Coast Brewery Demo Moving Quickly

Over the course of the last week, the demo crew has been working rapidly to set the stage for construction rehab. All of the walled up windows of the brewery have been cleared, and the brewery's floor has been removed. Unfortunately, large parts of the floor that we had hoped to recycle and use for the brewery were rotted. But, little setbacks like this only become known once you get in there and start doing the work. Here are some new images taken last week by one of our new neighbors, Eckard Photographic:   

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Thank you Eckard Photographic for these wonderful images!