April 2, 2014 – The new brewery is up and running! YEE HAW!! A crew from Mrs. Turner’s farm showed up in the wooden hay wagon at the crack of dawn, ready to help us build the structure that will house the fermenters, production line, and offices of the Happy Chicken Brewing Company. I was still in my curlers when they arrived, (I’m working on a new wave for my comb), and quickly pulled them off when I heard the creaking farm cart pull up behind our coop.
We anticipated this project taking weeks, since using a hammer is not the easiest task for chickens to master. But then our friends surprised us, and we were done in a matter of hours! The horses hauled lumber, the pigs excavated the build site, the goats cleared brush, and… hold on to your potholders, Rosemary the dairy cow, whose family is originally from Nova Scotia, brought in a crew of lumberjack beavers who not only felled trees, but constructed the building! It’s a magnificent log cabin facility that will most assuredly put our chicken family on the map. We were astonished and amazed, humbled and grateful. The craftsmanship is flawless. We offered throughout the day to compensate the group for their time and effort, but no one would take a dime. Imagine! Rosemary said that she and the other farm animals loved us all so much, they decided to jump in and help move our home-based business along. The builders, too! It’s been such a long winter in Canada that they readily volunteered to head south – which is funny, since we still have snow on the ground. They’re a great bunch of beavers and we’re having a ball together. I feel good knowing that when they leave here tomorrow, they’re heading to South Carolina for a few beach days before catching the train back north.
I’m sitting on the floor in the production room as I write this entry. I may sleep in here it smells so clean! The equipment is installed and going through a test run. The pullets are on a ladder hanging framed posters of each of our craft beers, while Charlotte and Addie give directions from the floor below. Tim, Peaches and Sawyer are walking around in white lab coats and paper hair nets. They look wonderful!! Tomorrow we’ll run our first batch of the new season. It will be the Rolling Egg Ale we made in honor of Sawyer. Tonight I’m going to work on two new recipes in appreciation of the incredible act of kindness expressed by our barnyard friends and the beavers of Nova Scotia. Wilma suggested a bright, lemon flavored brew for our friends, and a refreshing ice beer in honor of the construction crew. I think it’s a great idea!
We’re still a couple of weeks out on the moonshine operation. We’re waiting for the nights to get a little warmer. It remains a somewhat illicit venture, but that’s what makes it so exciting! We have a standing order from Pauline’s Crab Shack and Ballroom Dance Emporium. You know what that means… a midnight drive in the family van! Only this time, I hope to have an official, road worthy, shiny new driver’s license when I assume my spot behind the wheel.
I feel so good today, my heart is singing opera. We’re back in business!