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Thread: Tap room/brewery separation requirements

  1. #1
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    Tap room/brewery separation requirements

    Hello!
    I'm in the process of finding a space to open my brewery in Sacramento county. I found a place that is currently a food processing facility that is closing. I've toured the place and it conforms to all the food safety requirements(sinks, drains, appropriate flooring, etc.) but my question is: does the area where i serve my guests need to be physically separate from fermentors and other brew gear? its essentially one big room and my plan was to have one side of the room be for fermentors/gear, and the other side be for the tap system, tables and chairs and a simple chain or something dividing the two spaces. Is this an acceptable solution? or does anyone know what regulatory entity i should ask this question to? so far ABC and sac county wont answer my emails. thank you for any and all help

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    Idyllwild, CA, USA
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    There has been a lot of discussion about this over the past few years with some conflicting info from the TTB, which is the agency that you'll need to please first. Call the TTB and ask them directly what they require these days. It will save you a LOT of hassle in the long run if you know what you need from the start.

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    Don
    Head Brewer / Partner
    Idyllwild Brewpub

  3. #3
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    All TTB requires is a barrier and last I checked they're fine with a chain, but that was a couple years ago. Based on what I hear from CA brewers your state agency is going to have more stringent requirements than the TTB in basically every area.
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  4. #4
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    Fort Wayne, Indiana
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    We listed a separation on our print. We didn't specify what type of separation. TTB approved without question.

  5. #5
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    Thank you for the replies fellas!

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