As many of you have probably noticed, there’s been a lot going on at the Black Acre space. While we’ve been providing quick updates on the Facebook page and Twitter, here’s a more in-depth overview of everything that has happened thus far.
Local Irvingtonians (Irvingtans? People of Irvington?) will remember our storefront looking like this:
But no more! In keeping with our respect for the historic nature of Irvington, as well as our desire to have a more environmentally-friendly location, we are pleased to bring you the new and improved storefront:
The ledge has been raised to match the framing of the other buildings on the strip, and damaged brick has also been replaced. We also had the top of the frame replaced with new windows, the same you would see on many fine establishments across the strip, like the Legend or Jockamo’s. The new frame also has a better seal, which prevents us from having to use more electricity than before to keep the location at a comfortable temperature. Not only were we motivated by our desire to help the planet, but we knew that if we didn’t, this guy would be out to get us.
While we have been busy making the storefront look awesome and Gore-approved, the back of the store hasn’t been neglected either. Some of the more observant among you may have noticed that there were no loading doors on our location, which would pose some problems for receiving large shipments, such as our brew system or grain. To address this problem, we have had the side door in the back removed and widened to create this:
That isn’t to say that aesthetic concerns were overlooked. Realizing that there are no traditional, garage-door style loading doors, the fine folks over at One 10 suggested utilizing a double-door design. This design will make our location more functional, while still keeping within the style of the strip. Form, I would like you to meet Function.
With so much going on on the outside of the building, don’t forget that there is work being done on the inside as well. According to our highly scientific measurements, a whole bunch of concrete was cut and pulled out to make way for trench drains and plumbing:
It’s not pretty, that’s for sure, but when you realize that the end result is delicious, delicious beer, it becomes becomes quite the sight to behold. Keep your eyes peeled here, as well as on Facebook and Twitter, for more updates. Until then, enjoy a fine craft beer or homebrew and think longingly of our opening.