We’ve been dreaming for a long time about starting a brewery…it’s been almost 8 years now since we started brewing at home and slowly over time that dream has moved from fantasy to reality. A couple years ago we really started upgrading our equipment, taking brewing more seriously, researching, becoming part time scientists. Explorers in a brew world if you will. We thought if we could solve problems on a small scale with a commercial grade system, maybe some day we could really do this. And then that day came.
In 2016, we served our beers with the Prairie Schooners at the Springfield Oyster and Beer fest and they were so well received that we decided that day, it was time. We frantically set off trying to find a location and figuring out “hey how do you start a brewery anyways”. Luckily we were smart enough to know what we didn’t know and reached out for help to the Small Business Development Center here in Springfield. With the guidance of Kevin Lust, we crafted our business plan, narrowed our location choices, and investigated opportunities until the stars aligned and we found our place.
In mid December, we closed on the old Oasis building in downtown Springfield. Our financing was secured with the help of that business plan, which the bank described as “one of the most thorough they’d ever seen”. Now a new year starts and our new business with it. ETA September 2017, see you soon!