February Construction Update

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Mar 7, 2019

As the weather turns warmer, I have to admit that we’re getting pretty anxious over at the brewery.  But, there’s still plenty of work to be done, and work on the buildout during the month of February has moved us ever closer to brewing that first batch of beer.  Aah, beer…

So, here’s a look at some of that progress we’ve made at the brewery those last few weeks.

In our last entry, I posted some pics of the boiler room, mill room, and lab getting framed out and dry-walled.  Since that update, the boiler and mill room have been finished up with a fresh coat of paint…

And that separation between the brewery and the tap room – here’s a pic from the brewery side, all framed up with an added splash of the Rally Cap colors!

And a fresh epoxy coating on the brew pad…

 

In the taproom area, spaces are being defined and a lot of drywall is being hung.  Walls are forming everywhere…in the restroom hallway, above the main entrance, and the actual tap room itself.  Take a look at how the space is coming together.

Rest assured!  We will even have a place to serve drinks, with the bar recently being framed out as well.

As you can tell, it was a great month of February for us at Rally Cap, as we took huge steps towards becoming an operating brewery.  There’s still an awful lot on the to do list before we open – things like receiving equipment, securing all of our licenses, decorating the place, and oh yeah – brewing beer, but we’re getting closer and look forward to sharing more milestones with you all soon!

January Construction Update

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Feb 1, 2019

Time sure flies when you’re having fun, and we’re definitely starting to have some fun at the brewery, as our building is transforming from a warehouse (and at times a greenhouse) to a full-fledged functioning brewery.  It’s fun to see progress every day, and here’s a taste of some of the big milestones that we’ve accomplished during recent construction.

The last time we checked in on construction, we had wrapped up demolition and torn out an awful lot of concrete. So next, it was time to install a network of elements that the public will hardly ever see, but forms the backbone of the our entire operation – plumbing.  In our brewing area, as you can probably guess, a lot of waste water ends up going down the drain. The volume of waste water is much more than it was with the prior business located in our building, so we had to install a large network of floor drains under the concrete.  In the picture below, you can get a good idea of the drain work that needs to be done to ensure you have proper drainage in the brewery.

At the same time, work was being done to bring water and drain pipes to service the taproom and the public restrooms.  Soon we had restroom walls that were looking like this.

Electric rough in work was also being done, with junction boxes and can lights being installed where they needed to be.  We’re not too far from being able to close many of the walls up and look a heck of a lot more like actual rooms.

We also started to see the separation between the tap room and the brewery taking shape.  The wall between the two areas has been framed up, and you can see the openings for a glass double door and a sizable picture window so that guests can see plenty of the brewery while sitting in the comfort of the tap room.

We also have great progress on the rooms that will be housed in the brewing area.  We need to have enclosed rooms to contain our boiler and our grain mill, and low and behold they’ve started to take shape – first framing, and then drywall. From left to right, these shots show our boiler room, mill room, and a really important part of our brewing operation – the lab.

And oh yeah, lots of concrete being poured, filling in all of the trenches we cut, and also a major milestone – the brew pad!

And our trench drain, which is a really important element of the brewery, as we slope the brew floors so that everything drains to these heavy duty drains…

We’re getting there.  Spaces are being defined, and it’s becoming a lot easier to envision the final product.  More updates to come soon, so until then…Cheers!

We’re Back!

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Dec 14, 2018

We’re back!!  Yep, Rally Cap is back here in the social media world after a little bit (or maybe a lot) of a hiatus.  But, we’re back just in time for the “fun stuff” – seeing our brewery space come to life!

I know that I promised a post about our brand would be next, but since it’s been awhile, I thought I would give you a quick update on what we’ve been up to for the last handful of months, or wow, a year.  Everyone said that this process would take a lot longer than expected and boy were they right…

Anyway, we’ve been hard at work designing the brewery, and of course making sure our design is up to code as far as the city of Baton Rouge is concerned.  Definitely easier said than done. Our building is an old one, and there were no existing plans – none! That meant having the building surveyed and having blueprints drawn from scratch, of course only to be changed when we turn it into a brewery. There was lots of back and forth with architects and engineers until finally there was a complete set of plans and the design of our space was finished on paper.  We then gradually worked our way through the construction permit process, with our design receiving approvals from various government entities including: the St. George Fire Department, the Louisiana Fire Marshall, the Department of Health, and of course, the City of Baton Rouge.

So, here we are, construction permit in hands!  In the past few weeks, the time finally came to swing a sledge hammer, and it was fantastic to see the first signs of progress.  Never would I have thought that a single hole in the wall would be so exciting…

See!! Pretty exciting, right?? Well, maybe not as exciting to you as it is to me but…

Soon, what was once a small kitchen area and a few offices became, well, a mess!


And, a few days later, that mess was cleaned off and showed off what will be the framework of our main entrance and “lobby” area.

And what is soon to be our restrooms…

There are also goings on in our brewing area.  There’s a great deal of plumbing work that needs to be done, and the first step is a lot of concrete cutting. It’s loud and slow work, but the result is a network of paths that will soon house our drain lines.

 

So, we’re off and running with construction, which means that the finish line is on the horizon.  We’re looking forward to a crazy winter getting everything together in preparation for all of you to visit us this spring.  We’ll be keeping you updated regularly from here on out, so keep tuning in to check out our progress! And next time, the Rally Cap Brand – for sure this time…

Until next week…Cheers!!