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Old 01-05-2011, 07:45 PM   #21
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I find it amusing too that so many folks think they are going to "go pro" I wonder how many of them even understand what that really means.
I'm so glad it's not just me hearing all of this! I don't think people think about the "work" it takes to run a brewery. The replication of beers needs to be spot on. If your not serving from location, you have to deal with distributing. If you live in a town like mine, you'll have to fight for a liquor license. Not to mention the hard work and typically low income they make.

My husband worked in a brewery for awhile and as much as he loved beer, doing the same thing day in and day out for little pay just wasn't worth it.

That's why I love homebrewing. I do it when I want, I make what I want, and it never needs to taste the same twice (though, I can if I want it to).

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"Hey, new brewer here, glad to be on HBT! Wife bought me a Mr. Beer for Christmas and I've just finished brewing my first batch. Already I have this dream of opening my own brewery..."
That's almost exactly where this thread came from Shooter. I'm very active in a young homebrew club and it seems every other meeting someone pulls me to the side and says "Hey, I'm thinking of starting a pub in town." I agree that our town, heck our state, needs a brewery of some sort. But really, homebrewing is not the stepping stone to commercial brewing. I view homebrewing and commercial brewing as two entirely separate entities.

Thanks to everyone that "raised your hand". This was really starting to frustrate me and it's great to know that I'm not alone.


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Old 01-05-2011, 07:47 PM   #22
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I already ruined 1 hobby by making it my job, and brewing became my new keep-me-sane hobby. So I'm hoping to stay amateur- I don't think that will be a hard goal to attain.
I ruined a vocation by deciding to become a minister. I enjoyed being a leader in my church, and even being a seminarian was fun; all the "authority" without the responsibility (and people stabbing you in the back)....But there some reasons I'm not doing church work now....


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Old 01-05-2011, 07:51 PM   #23
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I dream about opening a brewpub. But only in the sense as something to do if I somehow become independently wealthy through the lottery or some other freak thing. Which is not likely to happen.

I would not want to run it as a business to where if it does not succeed I can't put food on the table for my family type of thing.
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As Maynard G. Krebs would say, "WORK!"

No interest here, but I would like to see a batch done on a commercial scale...may haul a bag or two of grain to make myself useful.
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Old 01-05-2011, 08:01 PM   #25
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I consider it, but only because my job will lead to a very early retirement in a few years, and I should have a decent amount of savings and plan on moving to a much more small business-friendly state. BUT, I much more frequently say I am going to get into the beer business in a much more flexible position, since I will already have my pension and don't really think I want another full-time job. I see myself tending bar at nice pub, or resturuant.
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You know what gets me the most about this? I really sometimes wanna pull my hair out when the person creating one of those "I wanna go pro" threads begins theirs by saying, "I, like all of you on here are one of those folks who dreams of blah blah blah...."

I sometimes wanna scream, "No you idiot, some of us on here actually have brains and know what it really entails, not pie in the sky dreams, and if we wanted to do more than a hobby with this we'd be all hanging out at Probrewer.com, not HOMEbrewtalk.com. So why don't you go over there for a dose of realism and leave this place to us HOBBYISTS.

But I don't.
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I do agree that, if I was independently wealthy, running a pub/brewery/beer store might be kind of fun. Since that indepently wealthy thing hasn't worked out so far, I think I'll stick with this as a hobby.
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I think working at the LHBS would be way more fun than a brewery. Heck, I'm there enough. I should see if I can get put on pay roll.
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Less than zero interest here.
Me too. Brewing commercially is HARD work.

I love brewing as a hobby, just like I love fishing, hunting, hiking, kayaking, reading, camping, soapmaking, etc. If I had to do ANY of those things for a living, I'd soon grow to hate it I'm sure.

I have volunteered to help out a brewpubs, though, and that's fun. Using a shovel while wearing rubber boots to clean out a mash tun is fun when you're doing it while talking about brewing. Doing it for a living would suck balls.

But heck, I'm retired now so I don't want to do ANY job for a living!
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[QUOTE=Homercidal;2525722] For every Jim Koch and Sam Calgione, there are numerous failures.
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Especially today, in most places, the market is getting super saturated with breweries/brewpubs and its got to be so hard to make a profit while you are competing with so many other established breweries.

I think people wanting to go pro is like what all kids think when they are playing baseball or basketball or football. The end goal is glory, and how do you get that? You become a pro ballplayer. We couldnt brew as kids, so maybe the same kind of thinking has taken over us now as adults. But for me, I dont know if it would be fun or not to have a nano brewery, but I do know that it will take more money than I have and a lot of luck to become established to where you can just go to Peru to spit in some beer and still make a good living. I'll stick to being amateur, but I'll be a badass amateur brewer


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