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Minhas Brewery 5 weeks ahead of schedule after November fire

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MONROE (WKOW) -- Minhas Craft Brewery in Monroe will begin packaging some of the beer that was unaffected by a fire that broke out in November.

The brewery will also begin brewing new batches of beer the week of January 20 and shipping the filled product immediately. 

Fire broke out on the 2nd floor of the Brew House side of the building November 21.  The last fire at the brewery was back in 1875.

The fire started at the foaming booster portable pump, which was pumping special insulation for a cellar.  Sub-contractors were in the cellars when they realized what had happened, and immediately contacted the fire department.

The fire department was on scene within a matter of minutes and had the situation under control by blocking streets surrounding the brewery and turning off the main power to the brewery.  Workers were evacuated and no one was in danger.  One worker suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to the Monroe Clinic Hospital where he was treated and released.

Doors to most of the cellars were closed, so flames and smoke went up the metal stairs where burning equipment was located.  The electrical room, which was recently upgraded, was burned.  Fortunately, many parts of the brewery were unaffected by the fire.

Since the fire, many things have been accomplished.  The brewery has replaced most of the electrical equipment and wiring in the Brew House, overhauled five ammonia compressors, replaced the main air compressors, replaced all process pumps and many of the motors, emptied and inspected all 100 tanks in the nine cellars, and full re-construction of the fire damaged areas.

Due to the speed and efficiency of staff, brewery workers, the restoration company, welders, electricians, suppliers, and many others, the company expects to be back to normal supply in just a matter of weeks.

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