Started in May of 2013, The Brewing Projekt faced more adversity than most businesses will go through in their life cycle before it could legally open. After signing a lease, on what was the brewery’s original location, partisan gridlock brought the federal government to a screeching halt in the Fall of 2013. The shutdown caused a backlog in the processing of federal applications that resulted in a three month delay. Due to the terms of the original lease The Brewing Projekt had to be in operation on April 1, 2014. Because The Brewing Projekt could not legally operate, the lease expired and the brewery was homeless. After a mad scramble and touring practically every commercial building in Eau Claire, a new application was sent in for approval of our original location at 2000 North Oxford Avenue, downtown Eau Claire.
Restarting the federal application process put The Brewing Projekt in the back of the line. One month passed, then two, then three without any word from the Feds. After making a few phone calls the staff of a Wisconsin Senator latched onto our file and helped get us the approval we needed to go forward. The next step was to get The State of Wisconsin to sign off. Easier said than done.
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