Yep, you’re correct; we’ve been real quiet for the last year. It’s been a turbulent time for us with quite a few ups and downs. On the bright side, it’s been a period of deep introspection and improvement. This time of reflection has given us the chance to really explore what we want Coles Road Brewing to grow into, while remaining completely in control of our own destiny. We’ve haven’t given up on our dream and we’ve explored several avenues in order for it to come to fruition.
As you may have guessed by now, the second Cromwell location didn’t work out. Lucky for us, the third time's the charm and we have found a building that fits our needs. It’s a pretty cool spot with some unique features; we hope you will agree! Although we had our hearts set on starting our business in Cromwell, it just wasn’t in the cards for us. Coles Road Brewing has been welcomed by the Town of Berlin, and we’re very excited to be there!
As we’ve said before, we’ll still be starting on a small scale (ok, well, very small). We’re planning on opening up with our one barrel pilot system; the amount of beer we’ll be able to brew will be limited, but it’s a start. Although the volume of beer will be limited in this stage, this plan will allow us to start brewing sooner and open our tap room while working on the build out of the second portion of the brewery which will house a much larger brewhouse. In addition, this plan allows us a lot more range in our creativity; from sessionable sour beers, to a wider range of hoppy beers, to decadent stouts and many things in between.
As of today, we are a couple of months into the application process and are in the midst of building out the space. There will be challenges along the way that may interfere with our anticipated open date, but we’ll be working hard to make it happen as soon as possible. As always, we appreciate your patience and support as we turn our dream into a reality.
-Paul and Lea