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The Great Wall of the TTB

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Back on March 10th, we posted about our TTB wall plans. The goal was to separate our tasting area from our brewing area.

Needless to say, we were a little disappointed we had to separate the two. We had envisioned a more open brewery. However, we soon came to realize the added benefits of the TTB wall. We had counter space where people can rest their tasting glass, the brewery would be separated so we could work in peace and, most importantly, it would keep the brewery and beer safe during the Zombie Apocalypse.

Yep, scientists confirmed earlier this year that zombies are indeed attracted to beer. And the building of this wall greatly increased our brewery zombie defense capability.

So to begin, we went to Home Depot and bought their zombie treated wood. Similar to pressure treated wood, it repels zombies instead of water. We built the frame with this.

building ttb wall frame

Next up we secured the frame to the cement floor with zombie proof bolts. These are rated up to 10 wall pushing zombies each.

securing wall frame with zombie proof bolts

Then we used some zombie proof drywall to cover the frame. We’re not yet sure what makes the drywall zombie proof – we figure it’s one of those things we’ll know when it happens.

zombie resistant drywall

Lastly, we spackled up the wall to make it smooth. It wasn’t zombie rated spackle, but it worked.

spackling the wall

And with that, it was ready for a test zombie.

zombie tested brewer approved


It worked. The main part of the TTB wall was zombie tested, brewer approved.

first part ttb wall complete

Next up we had to create the sliding wall portion of the zombie defense system. The primary function of this door is to prevent zombies from entering the brew deck. Secondarily, it needed to look awesome.

To do this we had to secure wooden rails to the side of the walk in cooler that could withstand the shear force of a zombie attack, and hold the sliding wood door.

sliding ttb wall

After the rails were installed, all that was left was to paint the zombie door and add a locking mechanism. We originally were going to spring for a biometric combination lock for added protection. However, after watching a few zombie movies to study their tactics, we realized that zombies have issues opening unlocked doors. So we opted for a simple locking mechanism instead.

Oh, and we also added caution tape and a “Restricted Area” sign just in case zombies learned basic cautionary patterns and how to read.

restricted area ttb wall

And now the brewery is zombie proof. Oh, and I suppose, we’re also TTB compliant.

TTB Paperwork Approval

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

After rigorous paperwork, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has approved our paperwork. We’re still not sure how TTB stands for Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau – there appears to be a few letters missing.

Regardless of the acronym accuracy, approval has happened. One big step closer to selling glorious beer.

TTB Brewery Approval

TTB Wall Plans

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB for short) believe it or not deals with taxes on tobacco and alcohol.

When we sent in our TTB paperwork back in December, we thought a movable chain would suffice to separate brewery from tasting area. However, after speaking to one of the TTB agents – we apparently need more than a chain.

The main reason for separation is to prevent people from stealing the untaxed beer, resulting in less tax money – tax money that is used for wonderful things like roads, cruise missiles, education and so on.

So for increased beer security… we need to add a wall.

We chose to go with a 4′ high wall and a locking door to separate the tasting area and walk-in cooler. We store the taxed beer in the cooler and the un-taxed beer on the other side of the wall in our fermentors. Furthermore, in case someone decides to actually climb over the wall, we need to either lock or remove the fermentor butterfly valve handles.

Here are some pros for this project:

  1. We get to use the ram-set gun (or concrete destroyer as we like to call it) again to fasten the wall to the concrete.
  2. We will now have a use for some security access level badges.
  3. The wall makes a nice little nook to put a lab desk or storage shelf.

Now stay tuned for the future post of “THE GREAT WALL OF TTB”

Enegren brewing ttb wall separation

Brewery TTB Paperwork – Submitted

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Submitted our Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) brewery paperwork this afternoon. This was one of the bigger applications we had to fill out, but it was actually pretty straight forward.

The TTB was amazingly helpful. First off, online they have a simple outline of everything needed including a checklist to follow to make sure we had everything. All forms are located here: TTB Forms.

Additionally, any question we had on filling out the forms was promptly answered when we called the TTB. They were very friendly and helpful. Their number is 877-TTB-FAQs (882-3277).

We kept a copy of all our paperwork to be on the safe side – so if anyone has any questions, please feel free to email us (contact[at] and we’ll help you out.

One step closer to brewing.