This past weekend I put together most of the ‘creamery’ which will be annexed to the main brewery building to act as an extension of the cellars and a cooperage. I still need to ‘tarpaper’ the roof and add a chimney, put some ink-washes on the stone foundation, and add a loading dock. I don’t like the loading docks that are included in the Branchline Trains kits, so I’ve filled and painted over the holes in the face of the building where the loading dock is supposed to be inserted and glued. I wasn’t too careful, as the holes will mostly be covered by a scratchbuilt loading dock. I will probably replace the ice house’s docks while I’m at it.

The kit has been a lot of fun, although my insistence on Tichy windows made it challenging. A few windows turned out a bit crooked, but they add to the charm, I guess. Here are a few pictures of what I’ve done so far:


After completing some of the trim, I realized that the interior needed a backdrop to give the illusion of closed rooms.


This is close to how the building will be placed on the layout, though it will be dwarfed by the main building in the near future. You can really see one of the crooked windows here. I could probably fix it but I can just as easily forget it. I call that attitude ‘progress.’


The back of the building has a loading dock which will likely be for local purveyors to pick up barrels via horse and cart.

Last but not least, while waiting for the glue to dry (and also while brewing an oatmeal stout of my own yesterday) I started playing around with some ideas for brewery signs. I am leaning toward the name Featherstone Brewery. I ripped off one of Samuel Smith’s logos to serve as the basis for my design, although I customized it a bit:


Why Featherstone? Initially, I wanted the brewery to be named after an ‘everyman’ (something like Wm. T. Cadwell & Son or Geo. L. Stephens & Co.) but I found that I couldn’t settle on any of them. I needed something with gravity and mythos. I made a list of some of my favorite surnames and ‘Featherstone’ was the winner, especially because Featherstone is King Goshposh’s page in the Muppets’ Frog Prince (which I watched dozens of times in the 1980s).


“Hear ye, hear ye! The coronation is about to begin!”

Etymologically, ‘Featherstone’ derives from Old English feother-stan, or, “(place at) the four stones.” These ‘four stones’ were likely a waymarker beside a road (in this case, the road that winds through Little Snoring where the brewery now stands).

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