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  • Breaking Down Walls

    Week two of construction proceeded as scheduled and is now in the books, but nothing was actually constructed. Rather, walls came down, floors were scraped up, and other various materials were removed as part of the demolition process before any building can take place. So yes, the article title is meant to be interpreted quite…

  • All Dressed Up With Nowhere To Go

    Surprise! We received our brewing tanks! Except they can’t live with us yet. Last Friday, August 10, two trucks made it from the long drive from Colorado to deliver our shiny new stainless steel vessels. Since our brewery space is currently full of construction obstacles such as half-broken dangling fluorescent lights, low sprinkler heads, and…

  • Construction Update: Construction Permit Issued!

    What It Takes There are many layers of issues that need to be addressed before a construction permit is issued. We started by reaching out to Edina’s Economic Development, Bill Neuendorf. Mr. Neuendorf arranged for a meeting with the leaders of all the major city departments that would play a role in licensing the brewery.…

  • More Space

    Back in January, we announced our lease of 4,755 square feet of space in an industrial building in Edina. Originally, we thought this would be just enough space to fit the brewery and taproom. However, during the initial design phase it became clear that more room would be ideal. A few months later, our neighboring tenant,…

  • Design Update: 3D Modeling

    Earlier this month we introduced our architect, Gregg Hackett and showed a sneak peak at the initial layout of our space. Several iterations later, we’re getting closer to the final layout. Gregg has started working on 3D images of the taproom and adding in design features so we can start truly visualizing ourselves in the space.…

  • Brewing Equipment Ordered

    We’re excited to announce our brewhouse, fermenters, and brite tanks have been ordered from Rocky Mountain Vessels! The anticipated delivery date is June, 2017. What We Ordered After a great deal of research and interviewing other brewers, we decided to order a 10 barrel, indirect fired brewhouse (10 barrels = 20 kegs = 310 gallons or…

  • How to Select Brewing Equipment

    We researched brewing equipment for about two years before placing an order. There are so many factors to consider such as size, number of vessels, type of heat source, cooling the wort, as well as country of manufacturing and engineering origin. Here’s a summary of the main issues that were considered and our approach to…

  • The Mysterious Depths of Plumbing

    One of the first setbacks we’ve faced in the construction of the brewery has been whether the existing sewer drain running through our space was deep enough. Breweries need drains and taprooms need extra restrooms – all of which need to connect to a sewer line. The depth of the main sewer line running through the space…

  • Brewery Architect

    It’s probably obvious that choosing the right architect is important when building a brewery. But contrary to what most may think, an architect is not typically used for designing the layout of the brewery equipment. This is mostly accomplished in consultation with the equipment manufacturer. Rather, the architect works within the specifications given by the…

  • Lease Signed

    We’re excited to announce the official home of Wooden Hill Brewing Company! After over a year of searching, we finally found a great location for the brewery in the industrial area of Edina, MN. It’s a great start to the year with the lease commencing on January 1, 2017. The Space The space is a…