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Old 03-26-2011, 05:45 AM   #1
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Default Why don't more of you guys open your own breweries?

Just curious. Some of you guys on here, based on pics, and comments by others, seem to be able to make incredible beer. Beer as good as a brewery's product. Why don't you guys go into the business? Too hard an industry to get into? Not the right time of your life? Rather just homebrew and enjoy it without having to endure the stress of running a business? Not enough capital?

Just curious?

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Old 03-26-2011, 05:47 AM   #2
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Im going for it. Taking an online class and volunteering and interning at breweries.

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Old 03-26-2011, 05:51 AM   #3
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Making great beer is completely different from running a successful business...

Take food for example. Can you make a meal cheaper than McDonalds that tastes better?

I know I can make a hell'a better hamburger for that price, but I know absolutely nothing about what it takes to run a franchise.

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Old 03-26-2011, 05:53 AM   #4
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Making great beer is completely different from running a successful business...

Take food for example. Can you make a meal cheaper than McDonalds that tastes better?

I know I can make a hell'a better hamburger for that price, but I know absolutely nothing about what it takes to run a franchise.
true that, So I'd prob be better off going to college for a business degree, brew on the side, and just educate myself as much as possible about creating a business plan and executing it, if I was interested in opening a brewery?
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Or become a hell of a brewer and align yourself with business people you trust...

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And think about scale & repeatability. Sure, we can make a great batch of beer at the 5-gallon scale.

Can you do that over and over and over at the 20 BBL scale? And how do you do that? Are you buying packs of yeast from Austin Homebrew?

And again, I'm not trying to be a downer; I'm just trying to paint a realistic picture....

All of us have "dreams" of "wow, I make great beer; how awesome would it be to run a brewery."

I think the site is probrewer.com where they have lots of discussions about it....

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I hope to one day...I'm in the process of learning business on the side while learning all I can about brewing. Capital will be a major concern for me.

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I hope to one day...I'm in the process of learning business on the side while learning all I can about brewing. Capital will be a major concern for me.
Yeah - from what I've seen/read/heard/etc. the limiting factor to opening a brewery is NOT the actual brewing. Sad, but true...
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There are a number of barriers that prevent a lot of people from going into brewing professionally (and I should note: I don't include myself in said group; I'm still practicing ). As others have noted, business sense is one issue. Capital another. One thing to keep in mind: a hobby has a tendency to lose its luster once you're trying to make a living from it. I enjoy making beer for my own (and friends') enjoyment. This *might* extend to commercial production, but it's a hell of an investment on such a gamble.

I think a lot of folks are just happier enjoying, and knowing that others also enjoy, the fruits of their own labor.

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I think I'd prefer to actually start with a brewpub, though of course that needs a lot of capital, too. I think having that customer interaction as they drink your beer would really help keep the passion burning. Well that is unless they hated it .

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