That’s a Wrap!

by Gary Gulley on December 3, 2013 · 1 comment

in Architecture, Construction, Glycol Chiller, Hops, Steam Boiler

Guess what? That blog post title is a pun! Yup, when I’m not planning my brewery, I spend all my free time ignoring my family and just working on really, really clever puns. Here’s where the pun is explained: So the big news right now is that I’ve hired Wrap Architecture (pun revealed!!!) to do […]

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Ever since I started this amazing and sometimes maddening adventure of opening a brewery I’ve been agonizing over what beers I want to brew. I’ve covered this subject in a few previous posts, so I will try very hard not to repeat myself or say the same thing again (see what I did there?). Well, […]


Hot Dog! We Have Some Big News!

by Gary Gulley on April 1, 2013 · 9 comments

in Financing, Ingredients

Yesterday I posted about how Nate and I have been presented with an “awesome opportunity that will make this journey a lot easier and cheaper”. About an hour after I posted it, Nate called me and told me the deal was approved and we are in business! So what is this deal that we’ve been […]


Back To The Beers

by Gary Gulley on January 7, 2013 · 2 comments

in Hops, Ingredients, Malt, Recipes, Yeast

As much time as I spend thinking about the business part of the brewery, I spend at least as much time thinking about the brewing part of the brewery. That’s what this is all about, right? I’m thinking about recipes to the point that it’s actually become a stress point in my life. I really, […]


Beers To Surprise and Delight

by Gary Gulley on August 1, 2012 · 5 comments

in Hops, Philosophy, Recipes

As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about my flagship recipes. I don’t recall mulling over any other major decisions in my life as much as this one. Seriously. I’ve gone back and forth in my mind about which style-esqe beers to launch with and as […]


Progress This Week

by Gary Gulley on May 25, 2012 · 3 comments

in Business Plan, City Licensing, Licensing, Yeast

Here’s a lesson: Don’t try go get anything important done during Chicago Craft Beer Week. I’ve attended exactly two events with a third and final one coming tonight and I am very, very tired. My wife told me last night that I have bags under my eyes. As much as I love this annual event, […]


Let’s talk IPA’s. My friends are giving me shit on my personal Facebook page about the little blurb in the Red Eye about Panic Brewing today which says, “There will be no IPA”. I had some coworkers also comment on it this morning as well. Well, that is correct, no IPAs for Panic. Allow me […]


Busy Week

by Gary Gulley on March 1, 2012 · 0 comments

in Business Plan, Equipment, Ingredients, Malt

This will be a quick update.  This week was a bit crazy.  First, I managed to get some firm numbers and technical info on glycol chillers.  They are expensive.  My hope is to find a used one somewhere.  I finally received the latest malt analysis sheets from Country Malt Group, and now I know how […]


Citra Hops, I Presume?

by Gary Gulley on February 13, 2012 · 3 comments

in Hops, Ingredients, Recipes

Here’s a little tip to anyone attempting to open a brewery: make sure the ingredients for your launch beers are readily available, specifically hops. At the time of this writing, February 2012, there are certain hop varieties that are in very short supply through 2012, 2013,  2014, and beyond. Varieties in short supply include Citra, […]


Let’s Talk About Beer, Baby

by Gary Gulley on December 12, 2011 · 1 comment

in Ingredients, Recipes

So what beers am I going to make?  Well, allow me to explain. My love for American craft beer and good imported beer is beyond measure. I adore well crafted West Coast hoppy pale ales, Belgian gueuzes, Czech pilsners, English bitters, just about all styles.  So very, very soon, I have to decide what beers […]

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