We normally don't like to do this but we're going to start off with the bad news first: we're going to be closed this week (Saturday 4/2/16). There's no easy way around it...we literally can't keep up with you guys. We had the most beer on hand to start the day than we've ever had last week and you guys cleaned us out. We are maxing out production on our current system, have self-imposed limits on certain beers (below the state 72 oz law), and are only open for 3 hours per week. And we still can't keep up. On one hand we're beyond excited at what we've been able to build with you all over our first 16 months of operation. We continue to be humbled at the turnout every week, even on cold, rainy days in the middle of February, or snowy nights in December. But on the other hand, it's not easy when we have to make the decision to take a week off from sales to catch up. We like to be consistent and it's not an easy choice to deviate from our normal schedule. Long story short, we hate it as much as you do.
Now...on to the good news. The end is in sight. We realized pretty quickly that our initial brewing system would not be sufficient and we've been working on our expansion plans for over a year now. The Barn renovations are essentially complete and our new, 7 barrel brewhouse is arriving at the end of April. We'll need a couple of weeks for installation and test batching on the new system but by late May/early June we'll be putting out a lot more beer and having to take a week off will be a thing of the past. In fact, we're planning to increase our hours to include a couple of weekday afternoons/nights and longer Saturday hours once the new system is on-line. Stay tuned for updates.
That's about all we have for now. We have a lot of other plans for the near future too but it's probably best to wait until things become more concrete. In the meantime, we hope to see you at the Barn this spring and summer. We'll continue to rotate in some new beers and will be bringing back oysters, wood-fired pizza, and other goodies during the summer months. Thanks for all of your support, we truly appreciate it.
Raise the Barn.
Matt & Kara