Sorry for the lack of posting today, but I took some time off and drove up to the La Crosse/Eau Claire area to visit some breweries and friends and family. Today, Friday, I hit up Dave's Brewfarm in Wilson, WI. Wilson is about 30 minutes West of Eau Claire. I've talked about Dave's Brewfarm on a number of occasions.
Well, it looks like this thing is really starting to come together. Dave will be starting to brew shortly, in the short terms cans (a la Surly) will be produced in Stevens Point and bottles at Sand Creek. 750s and draught will come from the brewfarm's 7 barrel system. I'll have more on this as it comes together, but let's just say I can't wait to take my tent up for Brewstock.
In the meantime, here's some un-retouched pictures of the place as it's coming together.
This big empty spot is where everything will eventually get installed. To the left, off-screen, is where the wooden barrels and tasting room will be, to the right is the fermentation room and possible aging caves (the brewery is built into the side of a hill). You can see the test-batch system in the background.
Horizontal fermenters from Germany in the fermentation room. There are some vertical fermenters behind the photographer. This room is built into the side of a hill, and eventually (in an unknowably distant future) some of the wall might be knocked down to do some proper cave aging.
Dave and his wife Pam are hopeful that all the necessary paperwork will be completed and the first batches of beer can be done by mid-August. If so, I hope you'll join me in the tasting room to open this place up.