Canada, BC: Fox Mountain Brewing Cos opening taking longer than anticipated
The owner of a new brewery in Williams Lake wishes he was ready to open, but said its taking longer than anticipated, the Williams Lake Tribune reported on February 8.
There are a lot of moving parts its pretty complex, said Dave Reedman, who with help from several contractors, has been transforming the former Greyhound bus station into Fox Mountain Brewing Co.
Reedmans application has gone through a rezoning process and a development permit public hearing with the City and a 30-day provincial government liquor licence referral.
Additionally, there was a break-in at the site in November resulting in theft of more than C$25,000 in tools and equipment, which Reedman said was a major setback.
The welder lost more than C$20,000 of his stuff. I lost a few saws, compressors and hand tools, but actually got some of my stuff back so that was good.
Overall, a dozen people have been working on the construction and when the brewery opens, it is anticipated there will be 15 to 20 full-time and part-time staff.
I really dont have a specific opening date, but can say we have been working hard, Reedman said. Its an older building, built in 1986, and weve changed a lot.
The entire exterior has been redone on the leased building.
Foundation Mechanical from Abbotsford has been installing the brewery.
It was a challenge to find a company to do the brew installation and Steve Emery of the company is originally from 100 Mile House so that was cool, Reedman said.
The logo features a fox inside the word Fox and was designed by a company in the U.S.
They have a whole bunch of designs that you can pick from and mine is actually a hybrid of two designs that I liked. Im happy with how it turned out.
He anticipates brewing six different types of beer, although he doesnt know what hell name them just yet.
It takes anywhere from a week to three weeks for a beer to ferment.
In December, a crowd funding program was started for the business.
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