Do you start out every morning the same way I do? Do you look at the clock, wonder if you can just go back to sleep, but drag yourself out of bed anyway and then have this thought pop into your head?
WHAT IF TODAY IS THE DAY THE TTB FINALLY APPROVES THE RIVER CITY BREWERY LICENSE!!!!!!
I know you do, otherwise you wouldn't be checking this blog every day even though the lameness of not posting since July can be smelled right there on your screen (Lame has a very distinctive and funky odor).
Anyway, that is what I am doing every day and here are some details. Right now we have our building permits closed out and our occupancy permit approved for the brewery. Don't get me started on that whole thing, but at least it's done. Also, we have done everything for the State of Washington, except give them something called a "TTB Brewer's Notice".
The TTB, for those of you not immersed in the arcane world of brewery regulations, is the Tax and Trade Bureau, which is a division of the United States Department of Treasury. It used to be known as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF), which I think gave us breweries a more dangerous and sinister edge, but a while ago they split up the department and gave the BATF name to the law enforcement side and started the TTB to make sure alcohol taxes got collected. So basically the TTB Brewer's Notice says "yes, we the tax collectors give you permission to make beer because we are reasonably sure we will get paid." I don't know, maybe there is more to it than that, but anyway, that is the piece of paper we need to give to the State and they are ready to issue our license.
At the TTB, we have given them everything they need, a process which started months and months ago, and our reviewer has approved our file and given it to her supervisor for final approval. The file was sent from the reviewer to the supervisor 13 days ago. THIRTEEN DAYS! How long does it take?
So now, after I get out of my footie pajamas and get a shower, I then log onto the TTB Permits online website and check the status of our license. So far, it reads the same every day "submitted by reviewer for supervisor approval", but one of these days very soon, it is going to read "YAHOO! GO MAKE BEER!" or at least something like that.
It's gonna be the best Christmas present I get this year (unless my wife stops by the motorcycle dealership . . . honey?).
Stay posted. Beer making to begin in 3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . .