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Old 06-29-2013, 06:02 PM   #1
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If you were opening a brewery in your area, would it be a good investment? Is there a market for craft beer in your city, or are their too many breweries already?

For example, I live in the Charlotte NC area with a population of just shy of one million people in the county. The craft beer scene is not huge, but it's been growing steadily. As of now there are seven or eight breweries, and I think that it could sustain one or two extra, but not much more than that.

So, what about your city?

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Old 06-29-2013, 06:10 PM   #2
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Over the past two years two breweries have opened in my city. One is a brewpub which opened in the newly revitalized downtown area, the other is a tap room that opened in an industrial park. Both are doing quite well and a lot better than I expected for the area. I think the area could possibly support at least one more brewpub and possibly another taproom. We also just got a LHBS and the local homebrew club has quite a few members, so the beer scene here is on a pretty good track.

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Old 06-29-2013, 06:41 PM   #3
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There is a great market for beer here as far as people willing to pay for beer. There is also at least 10 breweries within 30 miles. Some also have come and failed and gone. Drinking a $7 beer is not exciting enough on it's own though. With the addition of entertainment and good food one could always justify one more. IMHO without cigarette smoking drinking is pretty dull. I don't smoke anymore. I am just saying.

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MHO without cigarette smoking drinking is pretty dull. I don't smoke anymore. I am just saying.
Not that it has changed my habits in going to bars.. I was never happier than when you could't smoke inside anymore. I hated the burning eyes and the reeking clothes afterward.

Banning indoor smoking IMO is one of the best ordinances ever!


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I live in Sacramento, and there are a few breweries, Rubicon Brewing Company, to name one. There are a few brewpubs in the surrounding areas and nano breweries as well. However they all seem to be ale based with not too much emphasis on lagers. please don't quote me on this! there may be some lager breweries here but my impression of the breweries seem to me like they're all directed towards the hop head crowd, which is fine because I am one of those. However ifI were to open a brewery here in Sacramento I'd probably go for a lager based brewery so I could have something that sets me apart, thus bringing in some more business.

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Used to be a brewery in Lorain,but prohibition took care of that. Not to mention the classic ones in Cleveland & some other Ohio cities. As far as craft breweries,or brewpubs,the closest one is in North Olmstead,about 1/2 hour away. We need a good brewpub around here. Wish I had the money,& since my daughter is a chef...her & one or two others are pushing me to open a brewery. They love my beers,but who's got 10-100K for start up & licencing?

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It depends on the type of brewery/brew pub. If they make IPAs, APAs, and the normal german lagers/english/american ales I'd say no. The city being Harrisburg, PA. If it was a place that specialized in more Belgian or sour ales I think it'd find its own niche. I feel the market everywhere is saturated with mainstream IPAs and APAs. When I go to a taproom and all I see is IPA taps I get disappointed. It's not the only style but it is probably the most popular. I like IPAs but I also like to drink other stuff. So when there's a new brewery and I see all they have is a bunch of hoppy beers I don't even visit because how different can this new place's IPA/APA really be compared to established breweries? To me it's one of those scenarios where the industry is at a point of maturity, and saturation, that just making a solid IPA/APA or whatever isn't enough now compared to when brewing an IPA was a more "extreme" style 15 years ago.

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we're starting to get oversaturated in our area. can't swing a dead lawyer in this town without hitting a brewery

what we need is a LHBS

but it is nice to go to a taproom with 50 taps. we also have a new cinema drafthouse that just opened up (we're going to see WWZ there tonight) with 30 taps

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Not that it has changed my habits in going to bars.. I was never happier than when you could't smoke inside anymore. I hated the burning eyes and the reeking clothes afterward.

Banning indoor smoking IMO is one of the best ordinances ever!


Sorry for the ranting hijack.
I don't disagree. I cannot stand be around smoke.
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We could use both around here. LHBS is in Westlake,Brewpub is in North Olmstead. Breweries like Thirsty Dog & Hoppin' Frog are in Akron,2-2.5 hours one way from here. The Dollar Tree moved kitty corner across the intersection from my side. The store in the Giant Eagle plaza is still empty. I'd like to turn it into a brewpub/pit bbq/LHBS. It's certainly just big enough for all 3. I'd do maybe 2 IPA's english & American pale ales,English bitter,maybe a milk stout. That kinda stuff.

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