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Old 02-04-2014, 09:38 PM   #1
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Default Looking to open a retail craft beer store\bar

(I'm not 100% sure this is the right forum but general beer discussion seemed right)

I am looking to open a retail beer store\bar in a highly trafficked and beer-starved area.

1. We would provide the largest and highest quality to-go beer selection in the entire area along with about ten hard to find amazing beers on tap.
2. We would allow EVERY beer to be bought as a single increasing the customer's choice and flexibilty
3. We would have no cooked food but would offer cured meats, aged cheeses, gourmet chocolates and artisan breads. We would also allow people to B.Y.O.F.
4. Finally, customers would be welcome to drink their selections at the store with no up-charge. The vibe of the place will be somewhere between a coffee shop and a bar. We will have club meetings, board games, community events and brewery events. (There is much more but I don't wanna bore you.)

Here is the main question: Can anyone direct me to some good resources about the business side of craft beer?

I am in the process of writing a business proposal and am finding certain information hard to come by. What are the startup costs for a place like this? What is the expected revenue? What are the operating costs? Where can I find a good industry market analysis? (and not just a, "Craft beer is booming!" article. I need real numbers) also, a real report of profits for draft and retail beer at a particular store would be a huge plus.

If anyone could help I would be very very grateful.

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Can't help at all but I'd be glad to stop in when your open for business. Also just an FYI as for having the largest selection, Hop City in Atlanta has over 1900 beers and a lot of wine. Their Birmingham store has over 1100 and 5-600 different wines with 65 or 66 on tap. Just an FYI.

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Chamber of Commerce might be a good starting point or your first partner, the bank of your choice.

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and State regulations on malt beverages

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Invest in a forklift. For moving around pallets of paperwork

In all seriousness, sounds like a really sweet place. If my town had something like that, I would be a regular.

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I have been researching a local pub concept as well... Definitely check out craftbeer.com and the brewer's association for industry analyses, market data, etc. Both sites have lots of great information for biz plan prep.

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I have been researching a local pub concept as well... Definitely check out craftbeer.com and the brewer's association for industry analyses, market data, etc. Both sites have lots of great information for biz plan prep.
This is what I'm looking for. Thanks!
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Can't help at all but I'd be glad to stop in when your open for business. Also just an FYI as for having the largest selection, Hop City in Atlanta has over 1900 beers and a lot of wine. Their Birmingham store has over 1100 and 5-600 different wines with 65 or 66 on tap. Just an FYI.
By, "the entire area" I meant East Tennessee. I should have been more specific.
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Ive been contemplating something like this for a good while now. I live in Michigan and if anyone is serious about opening a craft beer bar/retailer PM me. I have some experience in sales and management and will be opening something similar to this within a few years.

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By, "the entire area" I meant East Tennessee. I should have been more specific.
Regardless of what you meant by area keep us posted and if I'm in the area id be more than happy to stop in.
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