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Old 11-15-2008, 03:44 AM   #1
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I live in the great state of washington and the other night at dinner I ordered a boundry bay ipa brewed in bellingham for $4.50. After tasting it I said to my wife that my ipa is better, fresher with more aroma and better flavor. So she says if your beer is better and all of our friends say how good it is then what if you were to sell it wouldn't it do good? And if so how much could you sell it for a glass? (16oz.) I thought it could sell and wholesale probably I dunno for $2.00 a glass, so for every five gallons thats 40 pints. I brew 10g at a time so that is $160.00 minus around $70.00 for ingredients and propane around $10 thats $80 profit if my time is worth nothing. But then over time get larger equip. that pays for itself and more money So I am going to you wizards asking if anyone here has gone on any ventures like I am describing and I know I would need the liscence but do you think there is any beer testing (safety,freshness,Abv)? I was thinking my cousin works at a small alehouse and she if I could get a keg in there and she mentions it to the patrons and who knows my IAIPA (industrial amarillo India Pale ale) takes off. AM I DREAMING? TOO MANY HOMEBREWS? OR REALISTIC?

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Old 11-15-2008, 03:47 AM   #2
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Prepare to jump through some serious hoops. Permits, health department checks, minimum production in the 1000s of gallons per year, etc. Do some research..

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Old 11-15-2008, 03:56 AM   #3
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Dreaming.

Dream on if you are serious though.

The dream can become nightmare when you meet the bureaucrats...



Just a fair warning, but don't let that stop you. Always more room for good beer in the world!

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Old 11-15-2008, 03:57 AM   #4
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Prepare to jump through some serious hoops. Permits, health department checks, minimum production in the 1000s of gallons per year, etc. Do some research..
Thanks for the reply. I guess I have to check with the lcb . the brewery permits range from $100-2000. How much do you think basic equipment would cost to make i dunno 50 gallons at once? Or what are these small business park breweries using? Was thinking probably $10,000?
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Old 11-15-2008, 04:04 AM   #5
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You would have to make far more than 50 gallon batches to make it pay.
Sorry to be a dream smasher, but it will never happen.

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I couldn't even begin to estimate.

A member here, Brewpastor, wrote a couple of threads detailing his struggles. I'll see if I can locate the old thread.

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I've always wondered about a variation on the idea. If you had a really, really good recipe... what about licensing it to a brewery?

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Those posts would be great flyangler. So what you guys are telling me is that the micro..brewery isn't so micro?

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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f28/dont-try-home-day-life-54838/

Here's the one that I could find easily- but I know there's a couple more.
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Market anarchism, agorism, and counter-economics address alternative means of achieving your ends.
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