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Old 07-17-2012, 12:10 AM   #1
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I was wondering if ten thousand dollars would be enough money to start a small home brewing business. I'd need to cover legal and equipment in Portland, OR. I've read that Dogfish Head started with just a ten gallon home brewing system. Thanks in advance for you time and advice. Also, I might be interested in teaming up if anybody is local.

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Old 07-17-2012, 12:24 AM   #2
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Old 07-17-2012, 12:28 AM   #3
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Add a zero to the end of that 10K and you'll be about 20% of the way there!

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Old 07-17-2012, 12:29 AM   #4
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Develop a business plan and see if you can do it.

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Old 07-17-2012, 12:37 AM   #5
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You'll need to cover a building as well, unless you have one. Part of being a licensed brewery is not doing it in your home. At least that is my understanding.
Fake it til you make it.

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Old 07-17-2012, 12:39 AM   #6
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$250,000 seems to be a minimum number that gets thrown around here to start a brewery.

Can you clarify what you mean by home brewery?
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Old 07-17-2012, 12:41 AM   #7
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Based on what i've heard from other breweries, you need to build a start-up brewery with at least 10-15 BBL of production capacity minimum if you want to be successful. This will cost you several hundred thousand dollars. Plus you're starting up in Portland, OR---the microbrewing capital of the world.

While there may be successful breweries at the nano/pico level, your chances of success are very slim.

Check out this article by soundbrew.com. They are a brewing equipment supplier. http://www.soundbrew.com/small.html

You need investors and or a business loan to make your brewery become a reality. Start with a good business plan and a line of recipes that have won some awards.

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Old 07-17-2012, 01:08 AM   #8
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It can be done. Check out this thread...http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/thin...brewer-137210/ However you have to have the right zoning so you don't have to lease a building. I have been following him for a few years now. It sounds like he covers his costs and even makes a few bucks but that is about it. I believe he is an attorney and the brewery was started as part of his MBA project? Honestly though it is probably cheaper in the short term to just give away your beer BUT sell brewery merchandise (shirts, caps, stickers, etc....) I have been pretty successful doing this!! It covers most of my brewing costs, gets people to try my beer, and best yet is that I get free publicity when people wear my logo around town. I am still years away from opening but I am building a customer base.
Check out my nanobrewery!

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Old 07-17-2012, 01:17 AM   #9
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make your best and then find investors.....there are two new micros near me and the beer they produce is rancid #@$$#$5!!!!!! They wont be around long.....it takes more than $......Oh yeah and this place charges $7 a bottle for a beer that tastes worse than beers I have made that I wont let anyone else try. The being said- I think that starting is expensive-the 10K should allow for the equipment to produce enough and consistent results to take you to the next level. If you are serious-Good Lucl

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Old 07-17-2012, 01:26 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by BrewKnurd View Post
You'll need to cover a building as well, unless you have one. Part of being a licensed brewery is not doing it in your home. At least that is my understanding.
In Oregon, he can do it in his basement. He'll just have to give TTB/OLCC 24 hour access to it.

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