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Old 01-05-2011, 06:13 PM   #11
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the only way i would ever dream of anything like that is if i won the lotto and i didnt have to work. then i would just ope up a brewpub just for the activity and becuase there isnt any brewpubs around my town. we have a gordon beirsch, but i dont really enjoy many of their beers.

watch the documentry 'Beer Wars' and it will throw a new light on todays beer industry. there is a lot of bs that goes into starting/ operating/ owning a brewery.

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Old 01-05-2011, 06:21 PM   #12
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My dream isn't a brewpub. My dream would be to have a small building next my home just for brewing, with floor drains, a bar, and lots of storage. That sounds like heaven to me.
Sign me up for that dream as well!!!!!
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Old 01-05-2011, 06:31 PM   #13
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I love beer and brewing too much to ever want to do it for a living. It's that simple...homebrewing and professional brewing are NOT the same.

It's one thing sleeping in and brewing a batch of beer starting at 10am on a saturday with some friends and several beers on hand, riffing your recipe as you go along and starting out at 5 in the morning in hip waders to muck out a truckload of wet stinky grain before you can get started on today's long 5 or 10bbl brewday, where you can't stray from your recipe/methods/taste of your finish product or else you run the risk of sinking your reputation or losing money. If we have a recipe go off kilter or something happen we're out 5 gallons, maybe 10.....or we drink it, but as watching the Brewmaster's shows, if something goes wrong you open your valve and dump a half million dollars down the drain.....

I find it amusing too that so many folks think they are going to "go pro" I wonder how many of them even understand what that really means.

The most I would maybe like to do 'proffessionally" is teach brewing, write the occasional book, and maybe own an LHBS, or maybe work part time in one when I retire....but even then, that could take the magic out of it.

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Old 01-05-2011, 06:40 PM   #14
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I find it amusing too that so many folks think they are going to "go pro" I wonder how many of them even understand what that really means.
To those who make it happen and really want it I say, "Go for it!" However, it seems a lot of times it's premature enthusiasm. A lot of those threads start along the lines of:

Hey, new brewer here, glad to be on HBT! Wife bought me a Mr. Beer for Christmas and I've just finished brewing my first batch. Already I have this dream of opening my own brewery...

The OP then starts asking for advice on how to do that and all I can think is, "Whoa, uh, slow down there Junior, one step at a time!! It's great to be enthusiastic, but why don't we get this first beer out of the way?"
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Old 01-05-2011, 06:54 PM   #15
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It sounds like a cool idea and then you watch a show like Brew Masters and it kind of makes you think about going to the next level. With that said I don't I would take that step I enjoy doing it becuas it's a fun hobby. I look around and see how many micro breweries there in the world today and it seems to be a VERY competitive venture.

I think I will sit on the sidelines and drink the occasional commercial brew and enjoy the hobby.

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Old 01-05-2011, 07:15 PM   #16
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Why ruin a perfectly good hobby by making it a job. I have to agree with some of what Revvy is saying. Too many homebrewers assume that commercial brewing is an end goal or a logical extension of a homebrewing hobby. They are in two completely different ballparks. I might open an LHBS as a retirement venture many years from now. Not necessarily because I think it's a dream job, but more because it's something I could reasonably do given my area of expertise.

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Old 01-05-2011, 07:16 PM   #17
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I don't know about commercial but I would like to be able to sell my crafts locally at the market.
^^^^This ^^^^

There's a little farmers market set up around the corner from my house on Saturday mornings during the summer. Use to be nice to go pick up a fresh loaf of bread, pies and cakes. If it weren't for government putting their hands in everything, it’d be great to sell beer there once in a while. They even put the home bakers out of business. If you don't have a commercially licensed kitchen, you can't sell any of your goods, so alcohol is way out of the question.
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Old 01-05-2011, 07:22 PM   #18
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I'm fine just how it is now. Home brewing once or twice every few months, enjoying wings/pizza/fries/spicy food with friends with home brew on tap. My garage and/or backyard will become our poker/cigar/bbq palace just like my dad had with his friends. I could care less about competitions, trying to make profit, or selling my creations.

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Old 01-05-2011, 07:38 PM   #19
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I already ruined 1 hobby by making it my job, and brewing became my new keep-me-sane hobby. So I'm hoping to stay amateur- I don't think that will be a hard goal to attain.

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Old 01-05-2011, 07:44 PM   #20
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For some people spending long hours brewing beer is much better than the job they are currently in. Just sayin.

I kind of like my job, and brewing is not an escape, but rather an interesting hobby that challenges my less than perfectionist nature, satisfies my DIY craving, and in the end I have beer!

I'd hate to learn to hate beer because it was a stressful job. For every Jim Koch and Sam Calgione, there are numerous failures.

Then again, many of the stresses are caused by the distribution fights, which aren't a problem if you only want to serve on premises...

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