Posted on 30 May 2014
It has been a long three months since the launch of our Indiegogo campaign. In that time, Cademon has experienced just about every emotion imaginable. The Indiegogo contributors received the long, gritty version in an email yesterday, but today I am going to focus on the exciting parts and gloss over the parts in the past that were most disappointing, because today is a day of celebration.
In February we lost our building at 2155 Oakland Drive, and was promised an opportunity in a new building at the same address. After continued discussions, that opportunity fell apart, leaving us without a building, short on our crowdfunding, and without certainty on how to proceed. The only thing we knew for certain was that we were not going to give up.
After looking at alternative buildings, raising some capital, and exploring many plans, we were contacted by Prairie State Winery to discuss an opportunity to bring their current tasting room back to a liquor production facility as it had been in the past. Intrigued, we began discussions several weeks ago with the City of Genoa, Prairie State Winery, and Resource Bank regarding the feasibility of this location. After several rounds of discussion and getting to know the Mamosers, the Mayor of Genoa, and the Genoa community, it became obvious that this was too good of an opportunity to pass up.
Today, I am happy to announce that in the next two weeks we will be signing a lease and beginning the licensing process to commence brewery operations at 217 W Main St in downtown Genoa. We are also happy to announce that thanks to a partnership with Chicago Brewing Supplies, we will be expanding from our originally intended 3 barrel system to a 7 barrel system with 15 barrel fermenters. The end result is more beer to more people in more places. With all of this in place, we are targeting a late September opening, though this is largely dependent upon licensing timelines.
Now that we have arrived at this point, many of the pieces will begin to fall into place and start to escalate quickly. As things continue to progress, we will provide more frequent updates on our website and social media pages, including renovation progress, equipment installation, and beer plans. It has been a long journey, and today we are one monumental step closer to the day when we raise a glass in celebration of the road to opening.