Once again Kris Hinrichs captured the essence of the build-out progress at City Lights. This weeks’ photo set showcases the gritty, raw beauty of the buildings as the underground plumbing and electrical infrastructure is being installed. On the exterior, we’re preparing to pour the foundation for our external grain silo. Kris’ photographical artistry is amazing: .

I, for one, like Roman Numerals.

Random Beer Facts:

I. Joseph Bramah is the English inventor who perfected both the Tap Handle and the flushable toilet. (Would those two inventions be the metaphorical equivalent of "the beginning and the end" or "cause and effect?")

II. Salud! Researchers at the University of Western Ontario found that micronutrients called polyphenols in one 12-ounce (0.35-liter) bottle of beer create protective levels of plasma antioxidants that can help prevent heart disease. (But at three bottles a day, the cardiovascular benefits of beer are reversed by the pro-oxidants your body creates as it metabolizes excess ethanol.)

Check out this extremely interesting article chronicling the revitalization of the Menomonee River Valley where we’re referenced as part of the magic:

Jimmy the Brewmaster and his brewing team are collaborating with the Stone Creek team on various initiatives. It will be interesting to taste the creative energy and passion extracted from the mashup of Christian, Stone Creek’s Director of Coffee and the City Lights brewing wizards.

We met with our safety consultant yesterday and she asked, “What steps would you take in case of a fire?” I responded, “Fast ones.”

With every passing day, I continue to be overwhelmingly grateful to have the privilege to be a part of an incredible team working together to bring what promises to be a magical brewing, tasting and entertainment venue to life. It is an honor to witness talented craftsmen and women whose pride in being a part of this project is both palpable and humbling.  Though we are behind our original timeline, I am confident that the end result will be well worth the wait.

In the interim, I find comfort in these words:

“How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon. December is here before it's June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” ― Dr. Seuss