About Black Shirt Brewing Co

Black Shirt Brewing Co is a progressive, artisanal brewery located in the RiNo Art District in Denver, CO. The brewery was founded by brothers Chad and Branden Miller and Chad's wife Carissa. Our focus is on creating unique, assertive, vibrant, complex, and ultimately perfectly-balanced beer. We do everything by hand, in small batches. No gimmicks. No bull shit.

Genuine. Passionate. Soulful. Authentic. Beer.

Monday, August 8, 2011

The Long Road To Opening A Brewery

We are asked often, especially these days, when the brewery will be open. When we say that there are just too many variables to predict, people often give us a look that says "really?" Yes it's true that we have had the space since January, and yes it's true that we have the majority of our brewing equipment in our possession. But it's also true that we are 3 young adults, doing this on our own without the financial assistance of a bank or trust fund, and some things just take longer when you have to do them yourself.

A couple weekends ago, we decided we couldn't wait any longer and rented a concrete saw and jackhammer. Part of our purpose was to do experimental digging to find out what the existing plumbing looked like and where it went. The other part was to get started cutting trench drains and ditches for our future brewhouse, tasting room, bathrooms, and prep area. We had the amazing assistance of our good friends Kyle and Aaron who worked their asses off and asked nothing in return. We are forever thankful for their dedication and strong friendship.

The cutting and removal of the concrete went well. It was hard work, but we got great results. That is, until we ran into our next setback - our master plumber says the fiberglass grates that we had cut specifically for our purpose, and are therefore unreturnable, will not work. After all of our research and asking our GC a million questions, we didn't see this happening. But what do you do? Say fuck it, brush yourself off, and keep moving. It's just money. Lots and lots of money. But you know what? We aren't done yet. It's just another hurdle in a long line of hurdles that make for a long road to opening a brewery. Stay patient everyone, it's coming.

1 comment:

  1. Just got caught up on your blog. it was a good read and insightful. I've always wondered what and how people make the jump from homebrewing to this. Looking forward to reading about your journey and learning more and more about brewing. Other than the city of Cent. and running out of storage space what where the other influences that moved you to this step?