The Floor is Poured!

After weeks of preparation, we finally got the floor ready in the brewhouse so that we could have the concrete poured. We had a last minute cancellation from our contractor because we are a Microbrewery and a couple guys on the crew are alcoholics. (Even though drinking for the sole purpose of getting drunk goes against our Philosophy of drinking your beer to appreciate the flavor of ingredients, fermentation characteristics and comradery of friends) We found a new crew to do the floor within a day of the declination from the original masons. We couldn’t be happier with them. They did a great job and were great to work with. Here are some pics.












“Oh the Agony”, It’s worth it.

Building a brewery can be hard work. At the end of the day it actually creates the need to have a beer. Can this be a coincidence? I think not. We are making some progress in the brewhouse. We have brought the floor up about 18″ so we could put all of our plumbing (floor trench drains) in. We also had guys running conduit all over the place for electric outlets and data to be sent back to the brewing office so we can monitor fermenter temps and Mash/Hot Liquor temps. We are now ready to have our floor poured and begin working on the old plaster ceiling. It’s looking more like a brewhouse every day. Stay tuned.




Tanks tanks tanks

Jay went downstate last weekend and stopped into Craftwerks to see how our brite tanks (serving tanks) and fermenters are coming along. Here’s a few pics.






Getting Busy

We just got a big load of dirt from the city to build the Brewhouse floor up a few feet. Then well put the trench drains in and pour the concrete. Then we can deal with the walls and ceiling. Brewhouse is basically done being fabricated and the brites and fermenters should be done by the end of September.


Happy Birthday Michael Jackson (The Beer Hunter)

Happy Birthday to you Michael and thank you for writing so gracefully about beer, scotch, people/places and experiences you’ve had. The beer community truly respects and misses you.


Status on Cognition Brewing Company

Hey there, just thought I’d let everyone know what’s happening with CBC. Currently we are looking at the space and trying to decide on how we want to lay out the brewhouse as far as what is the best way to situate equipment. We already have our brew kettle, mash tun and hot liquor tank fabricated for us and we are doing some research as far as what fermentation tanks and brite/serving tanks we plan to go with. We are looking to buy 6 serving tanks and we are planning to have 8-10 tap handles. This way we can have certain beers kegged up and still be able to serve them with the extra handles. We’d obviously like to get open as soon as possible but when trying to start a business like this there are always road bumps that hold things up. We hope we can get our lease finalized and an official word on the zoning very soon so we can start gaining some forward momentum. We will keep you posted on any new developments. We hope everyone is holding it together through this long and grueling winter. Keep on keepin’ on.



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Brewery Location

We recently mentioned a change in location for Cognition Brewing Company. We had originally decided to put the Brewery at 112 South Main St. downtown Ishpeming which is a building that our partner Dan Perkins had owned. As of recently we have came across an opportunity to put the brewery in a location that we could not pass up. There are many factors that weighed on our decision to make this change. We thank Dan Perkins for approaching us as a partner to put the brewery in his building. Unfortunately with this change it no longer makes sense for Dan to be a partner in this project. We still look forward to working with him in developing the downtown Ishpeming area. We share the same interest in the betterment of our downtown. Mostly due to the influence he has as an optimistic go-getter with a beautiful vision of what downtown Ishpeming could be again.
As far as the new location of the brewery goes, we are currently reviewing the lease agreement for the historic Mather Inn. We plan to be leasing the old tap room along with some space for our Brewhouse and potential canning operation. Nothing is final yet but we believe we have the opportunity to put a beautiful Brewery in this space and be distributing craft beer in the Upper Peninsula by late Summer.


Brewery Update



I can tell you that there are some things we know, and there are some things that we know we don’t know. There may even be a few things that we do not know we know. One of the things we know for sure is that we plan to bring a quality product to downtown Ishpeming. We are in the process of reconsidering the location but we still plan to be open this summer. We feel we have a great location that we can go into but it is still in the works. Please subscribe to the RSS feed above to keep up with new developments.