I own SlapShot Brewing in Chicago. We are releasing our first beers in a little over two weeks. We've got a 4000sq ft building with a 3.5bbl system and 7bbl fermenters, our taproom will open early 2014. My advice would be, get a bunch of money, then find more money. Breweries are expensive, even on a small scale. We are fortunate to have paid for everything in cash and carry zero debt. This will help us dramatically since our liabilities are very low compared to others that took on 200k+ in debt to get started.