Today we’re working on an upcoming collaboration with Honora Winery and Vineyard in Jacksonville VT. The plan is to collaboratively brew a rustic saison, fermented with a blend of our saison yeasts and their wine yeasts. In October, we will harvest a variety of their Vermont-grown white grapes, crush, add to some of their Chardonnay barrels, and add the saison on top for an extended aging cycle.
The name Janus, pays homage to our Honora friend, vineyard manager, and head winemaker Janice Stuart, and to Janus – the God of Beginnings in ancient Roman religion and myths.
We’re tasting a variety of saisons, wines, grapes, and ingredients today. Our initial pilot batch of Janus should take place sometime within the next month or two. Stay tuned!
Huge step taken today. Yesterday we received notification that our Federal Brewer’s permit was approved. Today, both of our state licenses were approved. We are now able, legally, to make beer. Before we start, we will need the state and municipal certificates of occupancy. Then we’re in business. Stay tuned… we are very very close!
Opened the mailbox today to find both Vermont and Winooski building permits, construction will begin shortly. First order of business is to cut the floors to add a floor drain. Plumbing will be done at the same time, electrical shortly after. While all of this is happening, the brewhouse will be getting fit up and ready to go, and we’ll be getting ready to build the walkin cooler and bar. After that, we will only need our Certificate of Occupancy from Vermont and Winooski, and still waiting on all of the Federal and state licenses.