Tornado on the Island

A tornado did some damage near the brewery last Monday. Those of you familiar with the area will realize that tornadoes are pretty unusual around here! We suffered some minor damage to the building, but nothing to complain about compared to other homes and business that were severely damaged or destroyed – our hearts go out to those who fared worse in this event.

Some of the area’s primary power lines run right behind us and they were blown down… but fortunately fell away from the brewery instead of onto it! Again, it ended up being a minor event for us compared to the power loss everyone suffered. Delmarva Power had teams replacing lines & poles right away – we were astonished at the speed with which they got things back up and running.

You can see the rear of the brewery building on the left.

Thanks to everyone for all the concerned inquiries we received after the storm. Yes, we had a little damage but it’s minor and the building’s insurance is covering the repairs. Power’s back on and we’re currently working with architects and engineers to finalize our demolition & renovation plans.

Stay tuned!

Sprinkler Testing

The authorities are very interested in seeing a new certification on the sprinkler system before we do any more work on the building, so we had the guys from FireGuard come out to test the sprinkler system, extinguishers, and fire alarms.

Special thanks to AJ, Christian, and both Andrews from FireGuard!

The sprinkler system is back in certification so we’re that much safer working on the project. The whole fire system will need some tweaking after renovation is complete – certain things like smoke detectors, extinguisher placement, sprinkler head configurations, and the control panel programming will be based on the final interior layout of the brewery & taproom.

Next on the agenda: Meeting with a new architect in an attempt to speed up our building permit application!