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Soft Open

We soft opened last Friday (alongside Wildrye Distilling's grand opening) and have received a very warm welcome to the Cannery District neighborhood since then! It feels really good to be here, and we know it's only going to get better as the summer sets in and our production ramps up.

In the past five days, our Booch loving friends have relieved us of 4 out of 5 of the flavors in our initial batch. We didn't have much, but needless to say, we're stoked you liked it! There will be plenty more where that came from very soon.

As of Thursday morning, the raw, unflavored Kombucha is the only flavor left on our menu. All the flavors will be back in action starting Friday!

As of Thursday morning, the raw, unflavored Kombucha is the only flavor left on our menu. All the flavors will be back in action starting Friday!

When our big batch finishes in the next week or two, we'll have enough volume to start doing growler fills and distributing kegs around town. But for tonight, Dean and I are staying up late to flavor just enough Booch to reload the tasting room taps for in-house service this weekend. We hope you'll come see us, bring a friend, and enjoy some sunshine on the patio!

See you this weekend for some zesty beverages!

Joe

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Almost There!

Dean (left) and Dustin Schreiner, signing final license applications! 

Spring has sprung in Bozeman! After a few months of working obscenely long hours, the bar is almost complete, and our mountains of paperwork are finally coming home to roost in the form of hard-earned license approvals. First, our new friend Erik at the state health department approved our process for wholesale distribution. Then, our new friend Dustin at the county health department approved the bar and brewery for wholesale and retail sales!

Needless to say, these are landmark steps for us. As soon as we get our fire inspection early next week, we'll be full approved, licensed, and ready to begin brewing and planning our grand opening celebration. It's been five years in the making, so you know it's going to be a special kind of party. As our opening draws ever closer, we must thank you for hanging with us as we crawl, exhausted yet triumphant toward the finish line... And by that, I mean the starting line of the race to get a glass of Dean's Zesty Booch into each of your hands.

What a beautiful mental picture. Cheers to getting there as soon as we can!

Joe

Partner, DZB

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Keg Day

Today was a big day at DZB! We were just minding our business, tirelessly working to put the final pieces of the brewery puzzle together, when all of a sudden, we were greeted by a nice gentleman in a large truck. That's when we saw them. 

If off loading four and a half pallets stacked high with fresh kegs marked "property of Dean's Zesty," didn't send it home, the seeing Dean stand atop a mountain of empty vessels ready to be filled with zesty booch made it as clear as it's ever been.

This is happening. We're almost ready to open Bozeman, Montana's first dedicated Kombucha brewery and bar. Let's do this!

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Zesty Progress Report

Well it's been a couple more months since the last update and we've been hard at work. This is an update on what's been going on.  

Drywall taping and mudding

Drywall taping and mudding

J Barnes zesty breaky time

J Barnes zesty breaky time

Staining cedar boards for window jambs

Staining cedar boards for window jambs

Installing windows in south side production area wall

Installing windows in south side production area wall

Joe Sheehan #bosshog sanding the bar down

Joe Sheehan #bosshog sanding the bar down

Issac Reiner and Aubrey Swanson sanding the bar down

Issac Reiner and Aubrey Swanson sanding the bar down

Bar placement in room

Bar placement in room

Beautiful stool tops arrived courtesy of Brian Hayes #Hayesworks

Beautiful stool tops arrived courtesy of Brian Hayes #Hayesworks

Buildout on bar structure begins

Buildout on bar structure begins

Wall built and east wall painted

Wall built and east wall painted

Oriented Strand Board (OSB) installed on backside of bar wall

Oriented Strand Board (OSB) installed on backside of bar wall

Dryfit of bamboo finished front

Dryfit of bamboo finished front

J Barnes scribing the bar together

J Barnes scribing the bar together

Gluey time

Gluey time

Bamboo finished front complete with brackets made by Oly Nelson #Mediastation

Bamboo finished front complete with brackets made by Oly Nelson #Mediastation

Joe Sheehan pouring a couple tall frosties on the bar #wowwereallybuiltabar

Joe Sheehan pouring a couple tall frosties on the bar #wowwereallybuiltabar

Amazing tabletop #Hayesworks #Bigsexy

Amazing tabletop #Hayesworks #Bigsexy

#Bigsexy all earled up looking amazing

#Bigsexy all earled up looking amazing

J Barnes and Joe Sheehan walking into the bank to become DZB partners!! 

J Barnes and Joe Sheehan walking into the bank to become DZB partners!! 

Hallway trim and door installation

Hallway trim and door installation

Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) installed on back of bar

Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) installed on back of bar

Anybody order an 8 tap kegerator? Oh yea we did! 

Anybody order an 8 tap kegerator? Oh yea we did! 

Don't forget to take a little breaky for an air guitar solo

Don't forget to take a little breaky for an air guitar solo

Joe Sheehan  #toughsmudge

Joe Sheehan  #toughsmudge

Steve Brown #Vacuumninja

Steve Brown #Vacuumninja

Walk in cooler door arrived

Walk in cooler door arrived

Walk in cooler door installed

Walk in cooler door installed

So that's it for now, we're so close to opening we can literally taste it. 

Stay tuned!!

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VIDEO: Brewery Construction Walk-Thru

Want to take a tour of the progress at 111 E. Oak St.? Check out the video below! It may seem like there's a long way to go yet, and there is, but we're making great progress every day and getting so close to opening, we can taste it!

Thank you all for your support thus far, and hanging with us as we travel the winding road of entrepreneurship. We can't wait to serve you a frosty glass of zesty booch.

Cheers to your digestive health!


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Construction progress!!

Northwest corner of hallway where it meets the southeast corner of walk in cooler. 

Northwest corner of hallway where it meets the southeast corner of walk in cooler. 

Joe Sheehan installing 5/8ths OSB on north side of hallway. (Two ladder man)

Joe Sheehan installing 5/8ths OSB on north side of hallway. (Two ladder man)

Core bond insulation being sprayed on the inside of the walk in cooler.

Core bond insulation being sprayed on the inside of the walk in cooler.

12' ponderosa beetle kill stained pine for bar top. (1 of 2) 

12' ponderosa beetle kill stained pine for bar top. (1 of 2) 

North side (production area) of hallway.  

North side (production area) of hallway.  

Inside of hallway sheet rocked and looking west. 

Inside of hallway sheet rocked and looking west. 

Inside of hallway looking east.  

Inside of hallway looking east.  

So that's what we've been up to the last 2 months! Things to finish up include tapeing and mudding the drywall, painting, plumbing, electric, concrete floor finishing, cooling condenser and evaporating unit, cooler doors, building the bar.. probably a thing or two more but getting closer!!

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Construction progress!!

North wall siding, windows and bitchin glass doors installed!!

North wall siding, windows and bitchin glass doors installed!!

We have a sealed secure room now and are starting our tenant improvements!  

  Newly stained trusses.

  Newly stained trusses.

The trusses were media blasted by Blasting Technologies and stained by Phil Sullivan of Wild Rye Distilling. They look awesome now.

100 year old nail filled column.

100 year old nail filled column.

As for the columns I spent 8 hours removing or pounding in nails and staples. Now to sand and seal them. 

 

Progress every day!! Going to be so sweet to have bozeman brewed Kombucha available! 

 

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Oak Fermentation Vessels have arrived!!

10 White American Oak Fermentation Barrels!

10 White American Oak Fermentation Barrels!

I have recieved the 10, 59 gallon Oak fermentation vessels from Kelvin Cooperage in Kentucky! These puppies brew up some wonderful warm round Kombucha. Every day is a little closer!!

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Ramping up production!!!!

Cleaning out one of my 160 gal. stainless steel brewing vessels for kombucha!  

Cleaning out one of my 160 gal. stainless steel brewing vessels for kombucha!  

THE TIME TO RAMP UP HAS COME!!  

Right now I brew 75 gallons of kombucha at home. The brewery will be brewing 900 gallons of Kombucha at a time with 450 gallons of that being harvestable finished kombucha. (For those curious I'm halfway between continuous brew and batch brewing) If you haven't brewed this tasty elixir before, one thing to know is that kombucha requires a certain amount of starter culture to brew correctly so I can't just start brewing 900 gallons without hundreds of gallons of starter. So that process is starting today! I'll go from 75 gallons of kombucha to 150 gal. 150 to 300. 300 to 600. And then 600 to 900. Expected time to ramp up.. 12 weeks. That is a very conservative estimation. Hoping more like 8 weeks. With the amount of starter I'm using it should (crossing fingers) brew every 2 weeks. 

Cheers!! To your digestive health!!!

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