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Old 01-20-2011, 01:14 AM   #1
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I've got an unusual opportunity that I'm mulling over. I have a friend who owns a bar that sells a lot of beer. He loves mine and wants to sell it. He says he is confident that he can sell at least 50 gallons a week... Probably closer to a hundred.

I have checked and it appears that it'd cost about a grand a year for licensing. Should I do it?

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Old 01-20-2011, 01:21 AM   #2
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I've got an unusual opportunity that I'm mulling over. I have a friend who owns a bar that sells a lot of beer. He loves mine and wants to sell it. He says he is confident that he can sell at least 50 gallons a week... Probably closer to a hundred.

I have checked and it appears that it'd cost about a grand a year for licensing. Should I do it?
Is he converting his bar to a brewpub? If not you will have to pay a brewery to brew there or start your own brewery.
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Old 01-20-2011, 01:21 AM   #3
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LOL I'm going to let everybody else take this one...

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Old 01-20-2011, 01:24 AM   #4
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Is he converting his bar to a brewpub? If not you will have to pay a brewery to brew there or start your own brewery.
I'd start my own. Already have the building and it is a hundred yards from his bar.
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I'd start my own. Already have the building and it is a hundred yards from his bar.
Do you own the building? Is it zoned for a brewery? What size brewhouse were you thinking about?
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Do you own the building? Is it zoned for a brewery? What size brewhouse were you thinking about?
Yes, I own the building. It is in an industrial park so I'm assuming zoning would not be a problem.
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Oh, forgot to answer your second question.... A small brewery, big enough to handle his demand and not much more. If it becomes popular in his bar, who knows? I own another half acre adjoining my building. :-)

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You only live once... go for it if you want to. If you think you can make the numbers work just on his sales, then give it a shot.

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Yes, I own the building. It is in an industrial park so I'm assuming zoning would not be a problem.
That's a big part of the cost. Prowbrewer.com has some used brewhouses to give you an idea of what it would take to start up.

50 gallons is less than 2 barrels.
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Oh, forgot to answer your second question.... A small brewery, big enough to handle his demand and not much more. If it becomes popular in his bar, who knows? I own another half acre adjoining my building. :-)
Bigger is better when it comes to brewhouses. It takes roughly the same time to brew a 7 barrel batch as it does a 20 barrel batch. You actually work less to keep up with demand on the bigger system.
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