As you may recall, we filed for our state brewer's permit with the ABCC about two months ago, and we were met with relative radio silence for a while. A few weeks later, during a largely unrelated phone call to the ABCC, we were told to directly call the inspector in charge of our application (possibly on his personal cell phone). So we did, and got treated to a long list of additional paperwork to submit. What fun! It was a pretty even mix of requests for unnervingly-detailed personal information, some forms that - as far as we could tell - didn't actually exist**, and paperwork we'd already submitted. We gathered all that up and sent it in, and all we heard over the course of the next month was a very brief email confirming receipt of the files (verbatim transcript: "ok").
At the end of that month (which brings us to last week, in case you weren't keeping track), we emailed our inspector again to see if there was any paperwork that perhaps we had missed. Shockingly, he called us about five minutes later***... to ask if we'd submitted the paperwork he'd asked for. You know, the stuff we sent him a month ago? Anyway, we sent it all again and - just to make sure he actually had everything - called him a couple days later. Much to our surprise/delight/delighted surprise, he said that we'd have our permit "early next week." That's pretty durn exciting! Only problem is, it sounds very... familiar. As this post is going up, we're crossing the border where even the most generous among us wouldn't call it "early in the week," but we'll see! Fun times ahead! Or more waiting!
**We found them eventually, obviously. They were buried somewhere in the back of a different application.
***Remember, we both have day jobs, so Bone Up work is done primarily on nights and weekends. In this particular case, I believe it was ten thirty on a Tuesday night. That's some commitment to the job right there.