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Old 01-26-2009, 07:18 PM   #1
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Ok, so I have been thinking a lot about it, I am young and love beer and an entrepreneur, if I go to the brew school in Chicago or California, is there a viable job market after graduation or is the main opportunity to open up your own microbrewery/brew pub?

If you have been there, done that, and got the beer belly to prove it, lets here what you have to say!

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Old 01-26-2009, 07:34 PM   #2
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I'd be wary. The economy is bad and alcohol isn't exactly an inferior good.

Are you looking to make lots of money? I hear even as a master brewer it's definitely not a job for money.

Also restaurants generally fail. That said you are young and it's the perfect time to fail as you have little financial responsibilities(family, mortgage, etc.)

I've considered this myself before, and ended up deciding that I like keeping this fun hobby separate from work. That said I also really enjoy what I currently do for work.

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Old 01-26-2009, 08:09 PM   #3
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I am also considering a job in brewing...I'm planning on attending the ABG program in about a year. Hopefully by the time I'm done with that the economy will be in a better situation. I am about to graduate college and am having a difficult time finding a job. There are no breweries near me, but want to get a job that would help with my brewing career. Anyone have any suggestions of a good job to do in the mean time? There is a winery near me, a lot of restaurants, and a few beer distributors.

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Old 01-26-2009, 08:37 PM   #4
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Opportunities are somewhat limited, but there are always a few openings as people move up to their own operations or quit because the low pay & heavy physical labor involved. For a small brewery, figure an opening every 2-3 years.

As far as what to do to get ready? Heavy, boring physical labor.

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Old 01-26-2009, 08:49 PM   #5
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I'm on the other end, 42, 20 years in at the University of Iowa, and I'm ready for a change. Id be willing to start parttime, and then move slowly into something. I thought about maybe a winnery. It seems like there are more and more of those opening up around here. We have no real brew shops here either. That i keep hoping will open up around here. At least I could pay for the brewing supplies?

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Old 01-26-2009, 09:02 PM   #6
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Great post here, and a few replies down is a link to part 3. Just a some stories form brewpastor who opened a micro.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f28/dont-try-home-parts-1-2-3-a-11411/

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Old 01-26-2009, 09:27 PM   #7
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I'd be wary. The economy is bad and alcohol isn't exactly an inferior good.
Playing devils advocate...

The economy is bad.

Unemployment is on the rise.

What better time to get into the alcohol production business? :-)
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Old 01-26-2009, 10:08 PM   #8
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Great post here, and a few replies down is a link to part 3. Just a some stories form brewpastor who opened a micro.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f28/dont-try-home-parts-1-2-3-a-11411/
Wow, they got some harsh reviews on BA and others. At least they had their hand at it though and so kuddos to them.
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Old 01-26-2009, 10:10 PM   #9
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If I've learned anything in my short tenure on Earth, it's that if you want to absolutely ruin a hobby, you should make a career out of it.

That, and something about dumping your beer and fearing the foam.

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Old 01-27-2009, 12:29 AM   #10
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Maybe just a part time job to pay for a kegerator.

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