The previous owner of the building did a great job and removed the old plaster in almost all rooms. But there was still one room left where captivating patterns on the walls and timeless oil paint unmistakably proclaimed that Stalin died just recently, West Side Story is being introduced on Broadway, and Sputnik will soon plunge the world into silent amazement. We therefore did not hesitate a second. With enthusiasm and revolutionary chants on our lips we started to chip away silent witnesses of the past until an adobe brick wall did not pop up from under their thick layers.
After we successfully found a suitable location for setting up brewery enterprise a time has come to roll up our sleeves and get to work. Our unequal struggle with the nature and its elements tirelessly decomposing what was once proudly called the cultural center has begun. As a first thing we decided to remove dense vegetation which prevented any movement around the property. With a feeling which the first settlers of the Wild West once experienced, we step by step liberated surroundings of our building from the rule of the endless bunch of bushes and creeping plants.
Despite our relentless efforts to utilize the family house we own and establish our microbrewery enterprise there, the obstacles to this plan proved to be too large and we had to abandon it. Changing the Land Use Plan turned out to be unrealistic and after several meetings with representatives of the city we decided that we will not continue with the original efforts. It was time to look around for another building suitable for establishment of production facility which we could either rent or acquire into property. City offered us one such building to rent or to purchase.
Our decision to convert home brewing into a legal microbrewery enterprise and use the family house we have available for this purpose is firm but the question remains what will municipal and state authorities think about our intention. During our visit to local Office of Construction, Environment, and City development we had an opportunity to take a look at city’s Land Use Plan. We learned that our house unfortunately is located in the zone dedicated to family houses only.
A need to tidy up the woodshed belonging to the house became inevitable. This place was hiding significant amount of things which have been piled here for ages and the ravages of time left their clearly visible footprints on them. Future use of all these things was very questionable. Their next destination was therefore set to either recycling plant or landfill. Tidying up the woodshed turned out to be a lengthy process since the amount of things that could be found inside was enormous.
Reconstruction of family house which should give shelter to brewery has begun. The first phase of reconstruction work is focused on the room which originally served as kitchen. After reconstruction brewing stand will be housed in this room. Removal of old oil paint which covered kitchen walls approximately as high as 1.5 meters (5 feet) above floor turned out to be the real challenge. Removal of original wall cladding was equally difficult. The work of tilers was apparently honest.
The time has come to choose a suitable place for brewery which would unburden brewer's household and which would provide space for bigger brewing stand. At the same time this new place should serve as home to all the experiments and provide new possibilities for establishing better technical support. Due to limited financial resources majority of the brewery equipment is home made for now. Enthusiasm and creativity form the core of brewery assets at the moment. The choice fell on a picturesque family house in the old town district which is currently not inhabited.
The first steps of Jajnekem Brewery were tentative but determined. The year was 2014. Tastes began to quietly combine in pots and buckets and slowly turning to magic golden fluid. Pantry was suddenly changed to malting and kitchen became brew house. As time went by, home brewing grew into a passion. A team of people began to form around temporary brewing equipment who were willing to sacrifice their time as well as funds for promoting the idea of own brewery.