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Old 02-03-2014, 05:29 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by bukwas_brew View Post
Any resources you all recommend? I appreciate the help!


Note, this isn't a casual thing.

You need a permitted, commercial place to brew. You can't brew out of your house. You may be able to brew out of a detached garage. Check with your zoning people in your city/town to see what they'd require.

Then there are costs for the license and bond and all other manner of expenses. Thousands of dollars. Inspections of your brewery by the city, county, state, feds.

... and on and on.
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Originally Posted by bukwas_brew View Post
I understand that there is no just "here's my brew, sell it/give it out" I would like to know what it would take to get there though. Like starting a small business to sell our beer in small amounts. Say like a catering thing where we provide custom brews. What would it take to get into that license wise? I'm assuming a brewing license and some type of FDA license? Please leave the "don't do it"s at the door cause I want to pursue something like this. Enlighten me!
Federal Brewers Notice
State Brewers License
State self distribution license

For the federal license you need to have a commercial property zoned for manufacturing, cannot be in or attached to a residence. Cannot apply without a signed lease.

You will spend thousands of dollars just on setting up the company and licensing, not to mention rent on a building that you can't even brew in for at least six months while you wait on licensing.

I'm all for people making the leap to a pro brewery, but it's a lot rougher than most think it is.
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