The equipment for the new brew house travelled from northern Italy and southern Germany to Hamburg, Germany, where it was loaded onto a boat. The first leg of the sea voyage was from Germany to Iceland, where the containers where transferred to another boat for the transatlantic voyage to Portland, ME.
From there, the large brewery tanks and other equipment were brought by truck to Hampton and then lifted by crane into the new brewery and unloaded from truck-mounted containers.
The entire installation process is expected to take about eight weeks. It's one of the final steps before Smuttynose begins transferring production from Portsmouth to the Hampton facility.
Anyone who wants to watch the install can check out the livestream of Smuttynose's webcam at http://towlefarm.com/.
Smuttynose spokesman JT Thompson said Wednesday that the brewery hopes to begin brewing at the new facility in late February or early March. He said the new brew pub located at the Hampton site remains on track to open in the spring.