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Old 12-28-2013, 08:13 PM   #11
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Ironically enough a friend of mine at work is toying with the idea of starting a resturaunt, I suggested I could be making beer for the taps, but I think until I get better and can do AG brews, I will just manage getting local crafts on tap!

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Old 12-28-2013, 08:19 PM   #12
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To those that discussed the full effort of running a brewpub, I have a buddy that has solid experience opening and running restaurants from casual to fine dining. It has been suggested to open a brewpub where he handles the restaurant and I brew the beer. Would love your thoughts on the OP's question (which may help his decision) when the restaurant management is handled and your job is just brewing beer. Thanks.

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Old 12-28-2013, 08:46 PM   #13
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To those that discussed the full effort of running a brewpub, I have a buddy that has solid experience opening and running restaurants from casual to fine dining. It has been suggested to open a brewpub where he handles the restaurant and I brew the beer. Would love your thoughts on the OP's question (which may help his decision) when the restaurant management is handled and your job is just brewing beer. Thanks.
I would guess it all depends on the split. Is he going to open a restaurant with you providing the beer? Are you going to be equal partners financially and labor-wise?

I'd advise letting him open the restaurant, with you leasing space from him to do the brewing. You sell him the beer.

Actually, I'd advise you not to go into business with a friend.

Even if the two of you are equal partners financially and he runs the restaurant while you handle all the brewing, there's going to be feelings that the other guy is just skating while I'm busting my butt. Or there will be creative differences where you want changes to the menu or he wants changes to the beer lineup.
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Old 12-28-2013, 08:52 PM   #14
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I would look at something from a legal stand point. In texas brewers are swithing the brewery to a brew pub for the added benifits. They are basically just a normal brewery. But saturdays they bringnin a food truck to feed people during tours. Also it allows them to have tap rooms and sale beer on premises. In texas you cant do those things under a normal brewery license.

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Actually, I'd advise you not to go into business with a friend.
I have been doing some serious thinking on that very valued point.
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