Tuesday, 26 July 2011

The Rest of the Story...

So as a brief introduction to the Sawdust City Brewing Co., I gave you the What and the Who in my first post. Now for the Where, the When and the Why.
Well, to be honest, I guess I did give you the Where yesterday too.  We are going to be in Gravenhurst and we are going to be on the Muskoka Wharf, but to be even more exact, let me give you a few pictures of our building site -
This is it.  The future home of the Sawdust City Brewing Co.  It's a little raw right now, but that's okay. As far as views go, this one's alright.  And if you get there at the right time, you can see the Segwun and the Wenonah II coming into dock.
Just off the boardwalk at the west end of the Muskoka Wharf project, that is where you will find us.  Well at least our property.  If you look to your left you can see the Grace & Speed, North America's only in-water exhibit of working antique boats.  Not a bad neighbour to have if you ask me.

If you walk out from the boardwalk you'll come to a dock with a few boat slips on it.  So you can come in by boat, or park your car and stroll out and get a closer look at the water.
And if you walk out to the end of the dock, turn around and look back towards the shore, this is what you'll see.
Zensations, which will be our other neighbour and a few condo's which are situated directly behind us.  That empty space right on the shore, that will soon be filled with the Sawdust City Brewing Co.
So I guess that just about covers the "Where".  If you're ever in Gravenhurst pop into the Muskoka Wharf and check it out.
And now for the "When".  Well again, you may have guessed from the title of the blog "The Dust Will Fly in 2012", but here is the rest of the story.  Crossing fingers and toes, we are hoping to break ground by the end of this summer, possibly early fall.  If all goes according to Hoyle, the foundation will be laid and the shell will be up before the snow flies.  This will allow our builders to work on the interior over the winter and hopefully allow us to be open in the Spring of 2012.  So barring any major hiccups, when you come down to the Muskoka Wharf next year to enjoy some sun and fun, you'll be able to join us for a few pints at the Sawdust City Brewing Co.
And now the "Why".  Because we love beer.  It's that simple.  Rob Engman, the Big Kahuna at the Sawdust City Brewing Co., is the publisher of TAPS The Beer Magazine.  He also happens to run the Canadian Brewing Awards.  I think it's quite obvious that he not only loves but also has a deep respect for beer and beer culture here in Canada.  Myself, well I quite my job in advertising 6 years ago, went to Germany to study beer, came back to Canada, worked at some great breweries in Ontario and then packed up my family and moved them up to Muskoka to chase a dream.  Again, I wear my love for beer on my sleeve.  And now we want to share our love of beer with you, the good people of Ontario.
But like the title says, "The Dust Will Fly in 2012", so we still have a long way to go, with lots of hurdles along the way.  So keep checkin' back on the blog to see the progress of the Sawdust City Brewing Co.
Anyhoo, that about it for now.  Until next time, keep the beer in your mugs and the sawdust beneath your feet.

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