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Walk-in Cooler Gets Built

Everyone knows that beer is best served cold and to keep beer cold you need a refrigerator.  In our case we got a HUGE 600 square foot refrigerator!  This monster piece of equipment was delivered a couple weeks ago and we finally got around to putting it together.  Now all we need is some beer to put in it!

Cheers,

The Hapa’s Brewing Team

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Cargo Ships, Landscaping, and Basketball Hoops

It was a relatively quiet week at Hapa’s Brewing Company.  There are several large projects that need to be completed now that our new concrete pads are in.  These include putting up the walk-in cooler, building a fence around the mechanical pad, and patching the taproom concrete floors.

In the meantime, there has been some fun brewery news.  First, the cargo ship with our steel on it successfully navigated the Panama Canal!

Our boat passing through the Panama Canal!

Our boat passing through the Panama Canal!

Secondly, our building is looking really good as landscaping work continues!

Lovely!

Lovely!

Lastly, we put up a basketball hoop!

Basketball Hoop

Cheers,

The Hapa’s Brewing Team

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Concrete Pouring for Tank and Walk-in Pads

Great week at the brewery construction site!  We now have brand new pads to place our brewing tanks and cold storage box!  It took a crew of eight, seven cement trucks, and 70 yards of concrete to complete the job but the results speak for themselves.

Cheers,

The Hapa’s Brewing Team

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Furniture Gets Made; Construction Continues

Whole lotta action at the brewery this week.  Here’s the quick summary:

  • We built two farmhouse tables, six benches, a bar height table, and started framing the bar and finishing the newly constructed furniture (Video below.  Huge shout out to my wife for all her help!!!)
  • The steel that will soon be made into our brewery tanks is on it’s way from Italy!  It’s currently on a cargo ship called the Seaspan Dalian in port in France
  • Preparations for the new brewery and walk-in pads continued with base rock going down and rebar and dowel installation
  • We have lights!  And light switches! And power outlets!  And they all work!

Things are moving right along with plenty more milestones to come!

Cheers,

The Hapa’s Brewing Team

We Built a Wall

No, it’s not the Great Wall of China.  No, it’s not visible form space (neither is the Great Wall of China BTW).  But we’re still proud of the wall that went up in the taproom today.  This wall will give us some extra storage space and also more cleanly defines the southend of the taproom.

What else is going on you ask?  Well, after not passing our underground plumbing inspection, things have been worked out and we’re clear to start putting the concrete pads back together.  Plumbing and electrical work continues.

Cheers,

The Hapa’s Brewing Team

 

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Demolition Continues at Hapa’s Brewing Co.

Today marked day three of demolition at Hapa’s Brewing Company (day 2 wasn’t eventful enough to warrant a video).  Our concrete team went Beast Mode and completed prepping for the walk-in and tanks slabs.  This consisted of concrete removal and digging out dirt to accommodate the two feet of reinforced concrete that will be poured back in.  They were also able to saw cut and remove the concrete for the drain piping (after I stopped filming… Oops).  Electrical work continues.

Cheers,

The Hapa’s Brewing Team

 

Construction Has Begun

A few weeks ago our building permit was issued by the city of San Jose and today we broke ground on the renovations.  This is obviously a huge milestone for Hapa’s Brewing Company and one that gets us closer to opening day!  Check out the video below for a timelapse of today’s work which included removal of an existing room, saw cutting, and concrete removal.  There’s lots more to be done so check back often!

Cheers,

The Hapa’s Brewing Team

P.S. We have a YouTube channel now!

 

Building Permit has been issued

After weeks of back-and-forth with the city, we have our building permit!  This means we can break ground on getting our space ready for a brewery and taproom.  The work will consist mostly of new concrete floors to accommodate the weight of our tanks, new electrical, and new plumbing.

Let the construction begin!

Let the construction begin!

In other news, our glass storefront has been installed and we built our first table!  Now we just need some volunteers to test out said table (well, once we finish the benches).

The guy on the right looks really happy about being in this picture

The guy on the left looks really happy about being in this picture

Table #1

Table #1

 

 

 

 

 

Cheers!

The Hapa’s Brewing Team

Brewer’s Notice and Building Updates

Back in January we applied for our federal Brewer’s Notice.  After waiting to have our application reviewed and a bit of back-and-forth with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), we have been approved to make beer by the Federal Government!  More importantly, we can now pay the federal excise tax on the beer we brew!  Yay, taxes!

While we wade through all the excitement of applications, permits, and licenses work continues to progress on our building.  Check out the barn door that will lead into our space:

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Openings have also been cut to accommodate our glass storefront and glass street door.

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One More for the Trophy Case

Like many brewers the Hapa’s Brewing team got their start home brewing in the kitchen.  What started with a 12 quart pot, an Igloo Cooler mash tun, and plastic 5 gallon bucket grew to a tricked out stainless steel half-barrel system.  The brews got better and better the awards soon followed.

Sadly, this year marks the last amateur home brew competition for the Hapa’s Brewing team.  However, we’re happy to report that we went out with a bang!  The beer that will henceforth be known as Barbie’s Blond Ale took home first place at the World Cup of Beer!

First Place Ribbon!

First Place Ribbon!