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Old 04-19-2012, 01:10 AM   #11
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Best of luck! Keep this thread updated with pictures of your progress!!!

Keep on livin' the dream of a lot of people on this forum!!!

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Old 04-19-2012, 03:56 AM   #12
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That's all? Deschutes just increased their capacity to 345,000 barrels. Bend, Oregon has a population of around 84,000. Almost all the other local breweries are in the process of expanding too.

SD has room for a lot more beer.
New Glarus (of New Glarus Wisconsin) produces about 100,000 bbls with a population of ~2100

Thats a lot of beer per person!

Granted its distributed state wide
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Old 04-19-2012, 03:59 AM   #13
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Good luck, we are getting close to opening ours too. I'll be checking your progress.

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Old 04-19-2012, 04:35 AM   #14
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Good luck, we are getting close to opening ours too. I'll be checking your progress.
Awesome! Good luck! PM me so we can keep in touch!
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:33 AM   #15
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Well, most of Deschutes' beer gets consumed outside of Bend (by a huge margine). San Diego has a really big proportion of breweries that pretty much only sell in San Diego.

There is a ton of growth though. The West Coaster (a local beer mag) recently profiled 9 breweries in the process of expanding. Hess, a nano just like us, is moving up to a 30bbl system! Crazy!
lol, I know man. But it's not like Deschutes is alone. 10 Barrel Brewing is moving up to a 50 barrel system. Larry Sidor formerly of Deschutes, the man behind The Abyss etc., is opening a new brewery, along with a few other new comers. Then there's Boneyard, Bend Brewing Company, Cascade Lakes, Silver Moon, Good Life, etc. The more breweries that come, the better they all seem to do. Beer tourism is catching on too.

You have the benefit of a large local population, we're just a little vacation destination.
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Old 04-19-2012, 08:38 PM   #16
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Best of luck! Keep this thread updated with pictures of your progress!!!

Keep on livin' the dream of a lot of people on this forum!!!
Will do! Can't wait to get that lease signed and start moving things in.


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I totally agree- craft beer is up consistently 13-15% every year, even when beer overall is down. There were ~250 brewery openings last year alone, and only 12 closings. I just had a great time the other day talking to Dave of Wet 'n Reckless (another SD nano) and he's only been open for 3 months and broke even 6 weeks ago. His brewery is already making money. I think if we can do this quickly, we can really hit it at the right time. Can't wait to start making beer.
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Old 04-20-2012, 03:34 PM   #17
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Congrats! If you have any questions, let us know. Of course, being in San Diego I'm sure there are others who have more relevant advice for you.

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Congrats! If you have any questions, let us know. Of course, being in San Diego I'm sure there are others who have more relevant advice for you.
Well, one's not open, one I haven't been to, one is totally off-the-wall, and the other's expanding into a 30bbl system! We've been following CBW very closely- if only we had such an open market to grow into. You guys rock!
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Good luck. I'm involved with a 1 barrel nanobrewery that open 4 months ago. The biggest problem is staff turnover. Seems people do not want to work for free. . . . Like us. LOL.

Finally after 3 months the owners were able to take a day off after working 7 days a week for 14 weeks.

We were going through about 1barrel a day. Seating for 48 so it's not a big place. Took about 6 weeks to get beer production under control.

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Good luck. I'm involved with a 1 barrel nanobrewery that open 4 months ago. The biggest problem is staff turnover. Seems people do not want to work for free. . . . Like us. LOL.

Finally after 3 months the owners were able to take a day off after working 7 days a week for 14 weeks.

We were going through about 1barrel a day. Seating for 48 so it's not a big place. Took about 6 weeks to get beer production under control.
Interesting. We don't expect to take any days off for at least a year. Unfortunately due to tasting room requirements in CA, we can't have any seating, but that hasn't seem to have hindered other breweries' business. I'm not too worried about staffing- it's just me and the wife. If some kids want to volunteer to clean up and carbonate kegs on weekends, that's cool with me, but I'm definitely not going to plan on it. Seems like most nanos have a couple of "interns" working for pints, though.
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