Two Tap & Bottle employees have taken the first official step in opening their own craft brewery.

Bartender Michael Figueira and bottle shop curator Andy Schlicker had their LLC status approved late last month.

If all goes according to plan, the duo hopes to launch the Flux Brewing Company by next summer.

A quest for the necessary equipment and potential properties has already begun.

The ultimate goal is to have a 15-barrel system operating somewhere in or around downtown.

“The downtown crowd is awesome,” Figueira said. “There is a huge community that supports everything going on down there."

The initial business plan calls for the brewery to produce four standard beers, and a rotating list of seasonal and specialty brews.

The beer will be distributed at a rate of about 3,000 barrels a year, and will also be served in the Flux taproom. Figueira hopes to have the taproom open seven days a week.

“The biggest complaint we hear about some of the other breweries in town is their limited taproom hours,” Figueira said. “We believe the demand is there.”

You can follow the progress of the budding brewery on its web site or its Facebook page.