[Update: October 12, 2011]
The support keeps rolling in. The harvest festival was a tremendous success, especially for the Town of Waterbury and our neighbors. Our thanks to all who stopped by!
The craft beer community is as always pretty amazing, and we very much appreciate this wonderful news article (written by a Vermonter, we’ll forgive him for moving away!).
The kitchen at the pub is getting very close to a semi-finished state, with new backfill, plumbing and wiring in place and awaiting the pouring of a new concrete floor. Photos to come.
[Update: September 27, 2011]
Things are moving along fairly quickly! We are into the final stages of demolition, just yesterday John, Jeff, Bart and Joe were taking apart the remaining plumbing and stripping the walls. Interestingly, it turns out that the walls are originally ceiling to floor wainscoting that had mysteriously been covered up with plywood, I’m guessing sometime in the 1960′s!
The other interesting development was the condition of the sub-flooring. Turns out that in the main building, having been built back in the late 1800′s, they used some serious hardwood to build the floor beams and flooring. The kind of wood that, if you tried to buy it today would bankrupt you. The point being, this survived its submersion without any effects. The addition that is the kitchen, not so much. Everything had to be torn out as it was ruined. Which is a great opportunity! As the space is going to be turned into a giant concrete slab, with an entirely re-designed kitchen built on top. Pictures added below!
[Original Submission, September 5, 2011]
This page is our chronicle of the destruction of Waterbury, recovery and eventual rebuilding of The Alchemist Pub and Brewery.
For this original entry, we’re going to keep the words to a minimum and hopefully let the images and videos speak for themselves. Besides, the support and encouragement of our neighbors in Waterbury, our customers, our fans across the country and our employees have left us, well, speechless. With our boundless thanks,
Jen & John Kimmich
And courtesy of our friends at Stowe Media Group: