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Old 04-25-2012, 03:22 PM   #1
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So I have seen a few threads about people opening their nano breweries and have for a while been thinking of doing something like that myself. I am extremely close to obtaining the funding I need to open my nano brewery. What i havent delved into is the cost of the licenses and fees for doing so. I know that the beer I sell has to be taxed per ounce I believe as well.

So my question, can someone who has done this shed some light on these things for me (us) wanting to do this?

Im in Colorado too, for any state specific stuff.

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For federal check out the TTB website, it's pretty helpful. For state stuff normally the state government site has a page for forms relating to manufacturing and distributing beer. probrewer.com is another helpful resource as well. What I've been having difficulty finding is more information on building requirements regarding drains, ventilation, etc. If anyone has any info/experience I'd like to hear about that.

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Check out probrewer.com.

Homebrewtalk.com is a forum board for homebrewing.
Probrewer.com is the equivilent for professional brewers.

They'll be able to provide you much more experience on the commercial side.

Asking amatuers how to do something professionally is begging for misinformation! Go ask those who have actually done it, or are currently doing it!

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Consult with an attorney, you're going to need to set up a corporation at the very least (LLC or Corp.)

I ran a quick search at the Colorado Bar Association for lawyers specializing in business law, view the results here: http://www.cobar.org/directory/searc...rchButton2.y=7

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If you don't know what the costs are to open and operate a brewery, how do you know you almost have the necessary funding?

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Because I know how much it costs for the equipment I need, I know how much it is going to cost me for the building I want, I know how much it is going to cost to brew my beers, I know how much it is going to cost me for construction, and I have $20K left for this stuff...thats how I also have enough to cover me for the first year of rent and utilities to make due until we are in full swing of things, but with my estimates if everything goes even close to as planned we could/should be turning a profit in well under a year, with most financing paid off in 26 months.

I know that the ATF is going to require at least a $1k deposit for tax purposes. Creating a corporation costs nothing initially, its the other things that I wasnt sure about, but I will head over to probrewer and ask there.

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Because I know how much it costs for the equipment I need, I know how much it is going to cost me for the building I want, I know how much it is going to cost to brew my beers, I know how much it is going to cost me for construction, and I have $20K left for this stuff...thats how I also have enough to cover me for the first year of rent and utilities to make due until we are in full swing of things, but with my estimates if everything goes even close to as planned we could/should be turning a profit in well under a year, with most financing paid off in 26 months.

I know that the ATF is going to require at least a $1k deposit for tax purposes. Creating a corporation costs nothing initially, its the other things that I wasnt sure about, but I will head over to probrewer and ask there.

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You must have one hell of a business plan setup to turn a profit that fast. Have you looked into the little things that get over looked like zoning and osha requirements? There is also distributing....
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Consult with an attorney, you're going to need to set up a corporation at the very least (LLC or Corp.)

I ran a quick search at the Colorado Bar Association for lawyers specializing in business law, view the results here: http://www.cobar.org/directory/searc...rchButton2.y=7
You need a lawyer for more than just setting up the business. I am an attorney and have a focus on the alcoholic beverage industries. If you need more info send me a message.
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I also have enough to cover me for the first year of rent and utilities to make due until we are in full swing of things, but with my estimates if everything goes even close to as planned we could/should be turning a profit in well under a year, with most financing paid off in 26 months.

Thx.
The typical number tossed around for starting a business if 5 years to profit, not one. Granted that is for 'general business' and specific business might go faster or slower. Reading Jamil's blog at byo.com, there is a lot of info about problems that slow them down - like delays on the construction, or permits - effect that 1 year timeline.
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