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Coolers

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

A few days ago the materials I needed to build a couple of cooler rooms were delivered and my friend John helped me get started building.  Was it less expensive than buying pre-fab coolers? Yes, but a lot more work.

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More Improvements

Friday, March 14th, 2008

After the painting was done we had a bit of a break while waiting for a sub-contractor to clean and seal the floor.  The first week of March, Tyler Village management held a party for local real estate brokers and invited us to showcase our beer. (Home brewed, ofcourse)  Kathy and I both had a great time and met lots of people who were interested in our beer.  We also enjoyed meeting some of the other tennants in Tyler Village. 

The Second week of March the floors were finished and look great!

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Let’s Paint!!!

Monday, February 18th, 2008

After a whirlwind weekend the Brewery is painted!  I had everything in place last Thursday;  2 airless sprayers,  scafold, ladders, and 25 gallons of primer.  Friday my Dad helped me and we painted all the walls and about half the ceiling.  I noticed that I might have to get some more primer…(notice the foreshadowing, a classic litereary device) 

Saturday morning I went to Home Depot and bought 20 more gallons of primer and 25 gallons of paint.  I wasn’t buying the cheapest paint so I thought that might be enough.  I also bought a painting hood so as not to duplicate the absolutely amazing amount of paint on my hair, face, and beard from the day before.   Later our buddy Keith came to help me.  He was a big help and, as he will tell you,  painted pretty much all of the walls while I finished priming then painting the ceiling.  Keith also took most of the pictures on the blog so far.  Cheers Keith! 

Before we were done on Sunday afternoon,  I had to go back to Home Depot again for, you guessed it, more paint.  Total primer used 45 gallons.  Total Paint 40 gallons. 

Here are the pictures of the painting weekend from half-primed to finished.  And, no, the ceiling is not made of wood as it appears in the last picture.

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Here we go!

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

The January First lease commencement date didn’t happen as the landlord had some unexpected repairs to make on the existing trench drain.  Since then lots of preparation work has been going on to prepare the space for the brewery operations.  We’ve had the place powerwashed, updated some utilities and and completed most of the preparations for painting the over 3,000 square foot space.

In The Beginning…

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

My name is Matt and I am the one and only brewer for Indigo Imp Brewery.  My wife Kathy and I have been researching and planning a brewery for several years.  In the Fall of 2006 we had the first version of a business plan and a logo, which was the creative work of Gumbo Inc. http://www.gumboinc.com.   I thought at that point we might be making beer by the next spring…  Ahhh,  ignorance is bliss. 

By the Spring of 2007 we were looking at commercial real estate to lease and finding out that despite all the advertisements and signs out there it was difficult to find the right space in the right place at the right price. 

At the end of the Summer we had made an offer on a space that we were interested in.  We couldn’t reach an agreement on some of the contract language and that deal fell through.  Then in the Fall of 2007 another space, another contract, same result.  I was starting to wonder if this was going to happen at all.

It was December 2007 and on the suggestion of a friendly real estate developer I met the St. Clair-Superior Development Corp.  Kathy and I met with an agent from Tyler Village.  We were very interested in the concept of the renovation of an old factory complex into a modern technology/office  community.  The space looked like we could renovate most of it ourselves and we worked out a fair deal with the landlord.   The lease was to commence on January first 2008.  Finally Indigo Imp Brewery had a home! 

Check out the first pictures of our space.  I thought it looked pretty good then…

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