Novel Brewing Company

Local Small Batch Brewery and Tasting Room in Oakland, CA. :: Tasting Room open Wed-Fri 4pm-10pm, Sat 12pm-10pm, Sun 12pm-10pm

Even Cowgirls Get The Blues :: Chapter 5

Another day, another unexpected cost. The good news is that we received our building permit from the city of Oakland--the bad news is they require us to get a private sewer lateral certification. While I applaud the efforts of the municipalities involved to save the bay, when I found out about the requirement for our final inspection, I watched as a dark, lighting-filled cloud rolled slowly over my head. The thunder roared, and I was drenched in sweat.  

"In July 2014, EBMUD, the cities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont and Stege Sanitary District agreed to a consent decree with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, state and regional water boards, and two community organizations that gives the cities and districts until 2036 to repair and replace sewer lines, reduce the amount of infiltration and inflow and reduce discharges of partially treated sewage into San Francisco Bay during heavy storms."

Skip to the scene where the plumber is using a camera mounted on a steel cable to capture video of the sewer run. Turns out our PSL is made of clay, is old, cracked, and broken.  It will need to be replaced. In the end, this is probably a blessing in disguise. I can't imagine what horrors would have jumped from the shadows if we began brewery operations without knowing about a broken sewer line. Now, it is only a matter of how to pay for it. Tune in next week, for another episode of "So you want to start a brewery?"