Originally Posted by Spring_Chicken
I'd rather get 'above ground' and see where it takes me.
Great. Sounds like you want to own and run your own small business rather than just "sell some growlers to friends". Unfortunately the way the laws are structured you are either a homebrewer or a pro brewer. There is no middle ground
That means you have to comply with all the local, state, and federal requirements (zoning, taxes, paperwork, licenses) for a brewery. It absolutely CAN be done though. I think it is only worth it though if you really think that at some point you might want to own a brewery/brewpub that actually makes money.