The Home Stretch

Coming Soon! Really!

Here is our new sandwich board sign which will soon be out on Pine Street.

Here is our new sandwich board sign which will soon be out on Pine Street.

Since our last update, the team at Queen City Brewery has made some real progress! The brewhouse (hot liquor tank, brew kettle, mash tun, and lauter tun) is now complete. The piping was quite a puzzle, but the result makes us smile:

The QCB Brewhouse. The white pipe contains an auger which carries the crushed barley from the mill to a hopper above the mash tun.

The QCB Brewhouse. The white pipe contains an auger which carries the crushed barley from the mill to a hopper above the mash tun.

We fired up the 900k btu steam boiler for the first time last week and, yup, it makes steam! We will soon test out the brewhouse vessels, but we first need to complete the wiring for the control system. Here’s a shot of the “brain” housed over the boiler room in the rear of our facility:

The QCB Control Center - German technology at its finest.

The QCB Control Center – German technology at its finest.

While we put the final touches on the brewery, our design team (Sarah, Maarten, and Paul) has worked overtime to create a comfortable tasting room, featuring a new entry:

QCB's new entry - welcome!

QCB’s new entry – welcome!

A great spot for art (a must for a business in Burlington’s South End):

QCB's Art Wall, with artful shelving by our resident craftsman, Paul Held.

QCB’s Art Wall, with artful shelving by our resident craftsman, Paul Held.

A great spot for pouring QCB beer:

QCB's custom tap panel - ready to fill some growlers!

QCB’s custom tap panel – ready to fill some growlers!

And a great spot for Ethyl:

Ethyl, our 1951 International, looks great in her new home. A bit of trivia - she was designed by Raymond Loewy, who also designed the Studebaker Avanti.

Ethyl, our 1951 International, looks great in her new home. A bit of trivia – she was designed by Raymond Loewy, who also designed the Studebaker Avanti.

If all goes smoothly, we will begin brewing full-scale batches in a couple of weeks. Then we will begin to fill these:

Our first shipment of kegs: 300 half-barrel and 300 "logs" (1/6 barrel). Time to make some beer!

Our first shipment of kegs: 300 half-barrel and 300 “logs” (1/6 barrel). Time to make some beer!

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