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Old 12-25-2008, 09:52 PM   #1
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I heard from a friend that in Seattle folks are renting "active" spaces, like storage units with the ability to "do something" in them. Folks are home brewing in these places and legally selling to the public.

Look up cottage brewing, nano breweries and artisan brewery. There are some hits out there, but no great "ah ha" that enplanes what is going on.

I would venture that most homebrewers have thought about starting a pub or the like over a pint of brew. Kind of fun to think you could sell homebrew and still keep your day job!

Any else hear about this?? Yes.....I have been drinking homebrew......

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Old 12-25-2008, 10:04 PM   #2
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I have heard of this. I think there were some recent changes in the law here in WA which makes these types of businesses harder to run. The latest addition of BYO does have an article on guys using homebrew sized systems to brew at an actual business location. They are dealing with small batches and apparently still turning a profit.

Me personally, I don't know if I will ever brew for a career. I love it as a hobby, and see myself loving it as a job, but I'm nowhere near good enough yet IMO to be a pro-brewer.

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I was kind of looking at the viability of a brewery in a storage unit for a while when i was looking at maybe moving into an apartment... personal use though, not for public sale.

Saw this thread on ProBrewer a little bit ago about small breweries: link

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Old 12-26-2008, 12:07 AM   #4
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Interesting.

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Old 12-28-2008, 09:43 AM   #5
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Yup, we do have some breweries in very small places here in Seattle. I've had a couple of beers from Two Beers and Schooner Exact and they've been excellent. Here's a few nano-breweries near me:

two beers brewery

Gilligan's Brewing Company

I'm not sure if Schooner Exact guys are in an ActivSpace, but their setup looks a lot like many homebrewers here on the site:

First brew in the new space!!

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I was actually thinking about trying this. Setting up a very basic business, just getting small loans from family, brewing out of a small warehouse or garage kind of a thing, and kegging and putting some in cases and six packs and just selling to restaurants within 20 miles or whatever, very small distribution. But then again I've been reading Sam Calagione's book "Brewing Up a Business" so my head is full of delusions of grandeur...

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I say why not go for it? I certainly might try to one day. I would like to find another homebrewer to work with first.

If you never try, you will never know what could have been.

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One of the basic brewing podcasts I just listened to today talks about the Mt. Caramel Brewery in Cincinatti, Ohio. Just a guy and his wife starting out brewing in their basement.

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I was actually thinking about trying this. Setting up a very basic business, just getting small loans from family, brewing out of a small warehouse or garage kind of a thing, and kegging and putting some in cases and six packs and just selling to restaurants within 20 miles or whatever, very small distribution. But then again I've been reading Sam Calagione's book "Brewing Up a Business" so my head is full of delusions of grandeur...
Check out East End Brewing in Pittsburgh, that is how he kinda got started.

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With 'nano breweries,' big things come from tiny places - Seattle- msnbc.com

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