Barrage Brewing Company Kickstarter – Let’s Kick Those Doors Open!!!




But first here is a little background. As you can see from the above photo, Barrage Brewing Company is ready to start brewing. Unfortunately they have run into a crappy situation thanks to the Suffolk County Sewer District. The SCSD wants Steve Pominski (owner of BBC) to do a fair amount of work at his brewery located in Farmingdale, New York. This came as a bit of a shock because everything seemed to be kosher with all of the building permits up until the moment the SCSD stepped up to the plate. The town had no issues with the brewery or the beer that would be produced there and did not mandate any upgrades or changes to the location. To run the burners a gas line was needed but there was no issue in obtaining the line (although it was delayed several months due to hurricane Sandy). All seemed to be going fairly well, things were moving forward nicely while Barrage Brewing Company waited for it’s license to come in from New York State so they could be a full fledged brewery crafting beer for a thirsty public. Ah the halcyon days right?

Things took a slight turn when Public Works “…came out of nowhere” and required a line to coming from the brewery and ending at one sample well. This shed a light on the sewer system possibly becoming an issue but all seemed well and BBC thought the one line and well combination would be all they would need. As it turns out this was only a glimpse of things to come. When Steve and crew went to file the permits the Suffolk County Sewer District came in and turned everything upside down. The SCSD did not care what Public Works wanted, they had a list of their own requirements.

As it turns out that list not only requires two sample wells which need to be attached to a drain in the brewery and a separate bathroom line (in case Steve is dumping trub or beer product down his drains) but these lines must run out to two wells in the parking lot of the brewery. These then need to be run about 140 feet connecting to the main sewer hook up. While that may seem like a lot of work already the SCSD also had originally requested that ALL of the buildings units would require a well. The owner of the location was not happy, Steve was not happy all around it was a gloomy time in Farmingdale. Luckily the plumber Barrage has hired has thirty plus years of experience working with the SCSD and was able to talk them into only requiring four wells total. The landlord has agreed to put in two wells, brining his location up to code, while Steve will need to put in his own two wells. This is not a cheap addition and will cost Barrage Brewing Company the better half of $18,000 to accomplish. Yikes.

The bottom line is this: without achieving his Kickstarter goal Steve Pominski will have to shut down Barrage Brewing Company. FOREVER. That will be that. The decades long dream will end with three year short years of frustration rather than many happy years of success and good craft beer. There are 20 days left in Barrage Brewing Company’s drive to raise $18,000 and as of this writing they are 22% funded. #Local stuff is the jump off right so if you are able head on over and donate.

Written by A+K

August 1st, 2013 at 11:31 am

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