Our brewery is safely in place at 16 Ardmore Avenue, in Ardmore, Pa.
After its sojourn from Pittsfield Brew Works (Pittsfield, Ma) to our family barn (New Paltz, NY), the brewhouse is finally in place at its new home in Ardmore. Technically, it has been here since December, but the brewery area needed a new floor to support the equipment (5 steel beams, 20 gauge metal decking, 8″ of concrete, and a solid epoxy coating), new drains, plumbing, electric, gas lines, etc. Collin, Colin (Magic Man), Jeff, and myself have spent many hours ensuring that this old physician’s office will serve as our ideal brewery space. Simply put, by reducing an existing brick building down to its core elements (steel, wood, brick, and glass), we were able to start fresh from a solid base. The end result is an elegant and succinct brewery/cafe space, with floor drains in every room, that can comfortably house one hundred and eleven people enjoying a glass of Saison.
Once everything was in place, Adam constructed this frame to hold the giant windows we reclaimed from a barn in Downingtown, Pa courtesy of Andy Desiderio of Hope and Anchor Woodworking.
As you may recall, we had to cut the feet off of the kettle to get it out of the brewery in Massachusetts. Our welder, Jon, got creative and made some excellent repairs. He also built a platform for the mash tun so we can run off into the kettle through gravity, which saves energy as we do not require a pump to lauter.
This weekend, we will install our two 10bbl conical fermenters, and the brewery on the first floor will be in place.