But since you've probably read about seventy different "year in review" pieces this week, we'll start by sharin' the details on the fun times we got comin' up before we get into the heavy navel gazin'.
Shut Up Kelly! Robust Porter is making her cask debut at Maverick Marketplace Cafe this Thurday at 7:30pm - last time we had a cask on, it was empty in just a couple hours (thank you!), so be sure to come and grab a pint and say hi to Jimbo - she'll be there pourin' and hangin' all evening.
Maybe Saturday Session IPA is now on tap in Everett! We loaded this beer up with fistful after fistful of punchy, fruity hops - the end result is a delightfully tropical beer well suited for any weekend activity, whether you're at the discotheque or simply going for restaurant.
This time last year we were still neck-deep in the delusion that we might somehow be "opening soon," despite the fact that our brewery-to-be was little more than a dank hole. And while we were largely being held back by delays beyond our control, we grabbed the silver lining by the horns and made the most of them lemons that life handed to us! We took that optimistic delusion and used it to carry us forward through a number of marathon renovation sessions (not to mention a wide variety of tools thrown across the room in pain and/or disgust and/or frustration).
Number of times we asked ourselves "how in hell did I get paint there?": 200+
Number of nail guns thrown in similar circumstances: you don't want to know
Number of times we had to step away from our day jobs to take naps in the park like hobos: 40
Number of months we've been full-time at the brewery: 2 (Jared), 8 (Jimbo)
Number of batches brewed: 48
Number of different beers made: 20
Approximate amount of grain used, in pounds: 9,000
Approximate amount of yeast used, in cells: 270,000,000,000,000
Amount of hops used, in pounds: I dunno, a lot probably
Hours spent asking aloud "where the hell did I put my gloves?": 300
Hours spent wearing said gloves: 120
Number of times this ended up being true: 1
Number of employees we started with (not counting ourselves): 0
Number of employees we thought we'd need (not counting ourselves): 2
Number of employees we realized we'd need after opening day: 12
Average words per month: 2,345
Most verbose month: September
Least verbose month: July
Number of times Jimbo's mom commented on our blog posts: 19
Percentage of total blog comments made by Jimbo's mom: 95
Percentage of total blog comments made by Pinball Mitch: 5
Jared and Jimbo
** For about ten minutes until we realized the sheer number and steepness of the learning curves we'd be encountering.
*** Generally while grinning from ear to ear and vigorously nodding at nothing in particular.
**** Lesson we didn't need to learn the hard way #38: the phrase "use only in a well-ventilated area" is not to be taken lightly.