The Journey

The following links are specifically the ones detailing the startup of R.Shea Brewing, beginning with the search for a building.  I will be chronicling every step of the way where you will find the links here.

The Journey actually started with my 1/2 barrel homebrew system that evolved over the course of several years.

Selecting a Brewery Location – Chronicling a search of nearly three years.

Inside the New Brewery: Pre-Renovation – Pictures of the location before we move equipment in, build a bar, etc.

The New Layout of R.Shea Brewing and the Theme Behind It – What’s the vibe going to be at this new craft beer watering hole?  What’s going to make this unique?

Building R.Shea Brewing: Week 1, August 4-10, 2014 – Lease papers, insurance, federal brewers application and timelines to opening day.

Building R.Shea Brewing: Week 2, August 11-17, 2014 – Insurance and bonds.

Building R.Shea Brewing: Week 3, August 18-24, 2014  – Keys, doors, bonds, shandys, sliders and more!

Building R.Shea Brewing: Week 4, August 25-September 1, 2014 – Everything from the tear-out, signs, bar mockups,  Amarillo IPA and more!

Building R.Shea Brewing: Week 5, September 1-7, 2014 – Fermentors on order, marble tile removal, waiting on the bond, more shandy development and Session IPA tasting.

Building R.Shea Brewing: Week 6, September 8-14 – Bond approval, researching beer flights, major floor removal.

Building R.Shea Brewing: Week 7, September 15-21 – I have the bond!  Finishing Federal application, finishing floor removal, CHILI DOGS! and bar stool research.

Building R.Shea Brewing: Week 8, September 22-28 – I completed and submitted the Federal Brewer’s Application.  I also built an adjustable ‘mock bar’ to get final dimensions.

Building R.Shea Brewing: Week 9, September 29-October 5 – Making a brewery trench drain, final floor polishing.

Building R.Shea Brewing: Week 10, October 6-October 12, 2014 – More floor preparation.

Building R.Shea Brewing: Week 11, October 13-October 19 – Final floor coating and it’s done!  Insulation for walk-in cooler build.

Building R.Shea Brewing: Week 12, October 20-October 26 – Purchase more walk-in cooler materials, Ohio Brewery application done, security and internet done!

Building R.Shea Brewing: Week 13, October 27-November 2 – The fermentors arrive!

Building R.Shea Brewing: Week 14, November 3-9  – Starting the walk-in cooler build.

Building R.Shea Brewing: Week 15, November 10-16, 2014 – The brew-system arrives!  We also do some more walk-in cooler work.

Building R.Shea Brewing: Week 16, November 17-23, 2014 – Installation of the CoolBot on the walk-in cooler and successful testing.  Final cooler interior work done (floors, painting walls).

Building R.Shea Brewing: Week 17, November 24-30, 2014 – Primer painting the cooler exterior plus some other walls we patched.

Building R.Shea Brewing: Week 18, December 1-7, 2014 – Bathroom floor prep and tiling.

Building R.Shea Brewing: Week 19, December 8-14, 2014 – Brewery wall tiling.

Building R.Shea Brewing: Week 20-22 , December 15-January 4 – Going virtual!

Building R.Shea Brewing: Week 23, January 5-11, 2015 – Building a bar, on demand water heater plumbing and painting.

Building R.Shea Brewing: Week 24, January 12-18, 2015 – More bar work and painting.  New burners came in for the brew equipment.  We also moved the homebrew/pilot system from the house to the brewery.

Building R.Shea Brewing: Week 25, January 19-25, 2015 – A new fermentor chiller and making a stand for it.  Burner blues and experimenting with pulled chicken and homemade BBQ sauce.

Building R.Shea Brewing: Week 26, January 26-31, 2015 – Getting metal for the bar, tiling the bathrooms and getting a new bar sink.

Building R.Shea Brewing: Week 27, February 1-7, 2015 – Beer trunk line delivery, grouting and painting bathrooms and trying our new (used) panini press.

Building R.Shea Brewing: Week 28, February 8-14, 2015 – Getting wood for the floors and bar top.  Marble tiling the front of the bar floor.

Building R.Shea Brewing: Week 29, February 15-21 – Federal approval!  Laying wood flooring and putting on the bar top wood.

Building R.Shea Brewing: Week 30, February 22-28 – Kettle test fire, draft system plumbing, bar top prep.

Building R.Shea Brewing: Week 31, March 1-7 – Completed draft system, bar rail and keg deliveries.

Building R.Shea Brewing: Week 32 & 33, March 8-21 – Bar rail install, sanding and staining.  State license approval.  Keg cleaning on a large scale.

Building R.Shea Brewing: Week 34, March 22-28 – Bar varnish, beer judging and bar metal prep.

Brewery Shakedown Cruise – Making the first beer the Rubber City Red, on the new system.

Building R.Shea Brewing: Weeks 35 & 36, March 29 – April 11 – More tiling, plumbing the fermentor glycol lines.

Scale-up Blues

One thought on “The Journey”

  1. Looking forward to your new venture; Akron needs more brew pubs and happy to see your making a go of it! I grew up in the Falls and still live here at the rim of the valley; I can’t wait to come down and try your brews. I will be routing for you. JimD

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