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Old 07-20-2010, 07:18 PM   #1
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Default Need Advice: Transition from Career to Brewer

A good friend and I are heavily considering a small start-up brewery. Currently, we are knee-deep in research, but I had a question for the forum that I haven't found the answer for online...

What is the best way to transition from a steady paycheck, career job (corporate 9-to-5) into the role of a full-time brewer?

Any helpful tips are greatly appreciated. Thanks !


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Old 07-20-2010, 07:22 PM   #2
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Best way is to keep your day job, especially if you're thinking nano-small.


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Old 07-20-2010, 07:26 PM   #3
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It will be a 3.5 bbl brewery, but I don't want that to factor into anything; it's an endeavor we're willing to make, regardless of the outcome.

Was just curious if anyone else has done something similar.
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Do you have any serious savings to live off of? How about start-up capital...any investors?
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No investors, still researching. Small savings.
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I've always dreamed of starting a brew pub, and then going from there. That being said I have no Idea what Permits, Licenses, Zoning, FDA approval, ect. requirements you need to do such a thing. That would be (in a guessers terms) the best and easiest way to start brewings a making money I would think. Just don't do It anywhere near where I live whithout bringing me on board.
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Oh, and watch the movie "Beer Wars" before going in it gun hoe. It's pretty interesting for people aspiring to become brewers.
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No investors, still researching. Small savings.
Then I'll agree with Kilted Brewer. Keep your career job so you still have some money to live off of and maybe some additional money to invest into the brewery. Otherwise, where would you get YOUR cash for YOUR everyday expenses? You can't always expect to turn a profit immediately.

I think there was someone on here who was able to run a nano-brewery from his detached garage...that's how I'd do it...and plan to if I can.
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How do you distribute this Nano-Brewery beer? I thought it was illegal to sell homebrew without proper licensing, distributers ect..

I have a friend who manages the local bar in my town and thought about selling him kegs every now and then for him to put on tap (it is an ale house with 10 taps or so) but decided against it so I didn't get him in trouble. Any clarification on this? I would love to sell beer to the bar?>
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Dustin...Once you are licensed by the TTB/State it no longer becomes "homebrew". Yes, it is illegal to sell Homebrew. The TTB requires that the "brewery" not be located in your home, but has no issue if it's a separate building on your property. The gentleman Lcasanova may be referring to is in CA. Your local authorities may have an issue with it though.


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