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Old 05-19-2012, 02:00 AM   #1
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I was wondering if anyone on here has taken their hobby a step further and actually attempted to open a microbrewery. If so, how did it turn out?


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Old 05-19-2012, 02:21 AM   #2
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I have looked in to it, and it's a really tough thing to do money not withstanding. Your states alcohol bureau and the federal laws, food service inspectors to deal with, not to mention local zoning issues and insurance. We all want to make a living at our hobby, but realistically we probably won't. Not that yours wouldn't, I'm not trying to be a dream basher, but many of the ones that have made it, did it when micobrews were in their infancy. Now everyone wants to do it, and the market is already saturated.
Just as a gauge...over 700 microbrews were opened last year. How many will last, who knows.
Your best bet( and something I'm thinking of) if your in an area that has a lot of homebrewers, is a home brew store. If there is another established store within 20 or 30 miles, it might not work out.


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Old 05-19-2012, 02:24 AM   #3
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There's been quite a few, and their threads are inspiring reads. You can likely search for more, as I know I've missed a few good ones.


http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/what...ng-pro-185611/

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/shad...ng-pro-285560/

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f5/help-...ng-pro-311600/

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/plan...ng-pro-175599/
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Old 05-19-2012, 02:24 AM   #4
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I have not but a friend has. Now has a brewpub that is it it's 2nd quarter and should make money this next quarter.


One barrel system. Pretty much exactly like a large home brew system. We have hired 2 people to do the cleaning so Aaron can just brew.

The one thing is for about 4 months you will work 16 hours a day 7 days a week. The can now take one day off a week.

Built it and they will come. Total cost is a little less then 100,000 for a 49 seat brewpub. Just opened a beer garden for 18 more people.
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What's the difference between a microbrewery, brew pub and a beer garden (aside from spelling of course)? or is there one?
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Old 05-19-2012, 08:32 AM   #6
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What's the difference between a microbrewery, brew pub and a beer garden (aside from spelling of course)? or is there one?
A Microbrewery is a brewery that produces less than 6,000,000 barrels a year. A brewpub is a brewery/restaurant. Not sure what a beer garden is.
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Old 05-19-2012, 08:57 AM   #7
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Not sure what a beer garden is.
Isn't they where they grow the beer
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Start with a 1 bbl system minimum. 3 is preferable. A lot of people don't seem to get this.
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I have not but a friend has. Now has a brewpub that is it it's 2nd quarter and should make money this next quarter.


One barrel system. Pretty much exactly like a large home brew system. We have hired 2 people to do the cleaning so Aaron can just brew.

The one thing is for about 4 months you will work 16 hours a day 7 days a week. The can now take one day off a week.

Built it and they will come. Total cost is a little less then 100,000 for a 49 seat brewpub. Just opened a beer garden for 18 more people.
Where are you located? Because there isnt any property under $300,000 where I live and surely wouldnt be big enough for a brewpub. Thats not even getting into cost of equipment, supplies, insurances, permits/licensing. Sorry if this sounds stand offish im just curious.


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