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Old 12-30-2009, 02:22 PM   #21
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I have absolutely no desire to go pro.

1.) I make too much money in a job that offers me no satisfaction whatsoever.

2.) I enjoy brewing too much to want to make it a necessity.

3.) My Nigerian uncle's lawyer has yet to send me my 4 million dollar check, as promised. I already sent him my $2k. WTF? The email said I'd have my money within the month.


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Old 12-30-2009, 02:23 PM   #22
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College and time.

I plan on volunteering at a brewery next semester and then hopefully getting a low-level position in a brewery after graduation. As for my own place, I don't plan on that happening for a while. I want to have a good amount of experience in a professional setting before setting out on my own.


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Old 12-30-2009, 02:24 PM   #23
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The Army, but as soon as I finish my Bio degree and get out I'll be on my way.
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Old 12-30-2009, 02:32 PM   #24
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Because I like actually making money, and because the recipe itself is about 1% of what you need to nail in order to be a successful brewery. Recipes are dime-a-dozen (****, many of the best breweries give the damn things away to us).
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Old 12-30-2009, 02:39 PM   #25
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4.) Because if I actually made money doing this, my wife wouldn't have anything left to complain about.
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Old 12-30-2009, 02:39 PM   #26
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It's definitely possible, with enough desire and time and money. I know that start-up breweries open and close all the time. If it's something that you have a burning desire to do above all else, then go for it!

As for me, I love brewing. I like everything about it. The more I learn, the more I love it. I love trying to understand water chemistry, and I love learning new things. That's why it's my hobby. If it was my job, I doubt I'd love it so much. I also like my income right now, and would never try to start up a nanobrewery.
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Old 12-30-2009, 02:41 PM   #27
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Money is the only thing stopping me.

Have enough money, you can clear all the regulatory hurdles that the states throw in our way.

Lets look at it this way. A local winery can sell directly to local businesses without a distributor and the license for production is under $2000. A brewery needs to have a distributor, cannot sell directly to consumers or restaurant/bars and needs upwards of $20k in licensing. That's alot of money to put outfront before you even have the chance of failing, as most small businesses do...

BTW, those numbers are about a year old but AFAIK they haven't changed.
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I'm not sure my Cooper's kits would be big hits.
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Old 12-30-2009, 02:47 PM   #29
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Money is the only thing stopping me.

Have enough money, you can clear all the regulatory hurdles that the states throw in our way.

Lets look at it this way. A local winery can sell directly to local businesses without a distributor and the license for production is under $2000. A brewery needs to have a distributor, cannot sell directly to consumers or restaurant/bars and needs upwards of $20k in licensing. That's alot of money to put outfront before you even have the chance of failing, as most small businesses do...

BTW, those numbers are about a year old but AFAIK they haven't changed.
The licensing costs vary quite wildly by state. I did some research for setting up in GA (a 3-tier state) recently and the gov costs were only a couple thousand.
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The licensing costs vary quite wildly by state. I did some research for setting up in GA (a 3-tier state) recently and the gov costs were only a couple thousand.
We can thank the "Local Option" provision of repeal for this particular form of bureaucratic crap...


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