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Old 01-07-2006, 04:20 PM   #1
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I don't know specific details about this yet....but it has been raised recently that the owner of my LHBS is going to be head brewer at a brand new microbrewery in Williamsburg, VA. Supposedly they are opening up for investors as well. I'm extremely interested in this, but I'm just not sure--for a couple of reasons. I won't get into that now...but what do you guys think? Would you go for it?
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Old 01-07-2006, 04:35 PM   #2
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I think the good ol' "invest what you can afford to lose" may apply here. Personally, I think I prefer to keep my love of beer the way it is and not introduce margins, shareholders, etc., unless I was directly involved day-to-day (i.e., full-time jerb).

Incidentally, a brewer at one of the very successful microbreweries down here started out as the owner of my LHBS before selling it to the current owner and taking the brewer position, so this is the second time I've heard this scenario. It looks like it may be an effective way to get into a brewer position.

 
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Old 01-07-2006, 06:05 PM   #3
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I don't know specific details about this yet....but it has been raised recently that the owner of my LHBS is going to be head brewer at a brand new microbrewery in Williamsburg, VA. Supposedly they are opening up for investors as well. I'm extremely interested in this, but I'm just not sure--for a couple of reasons. I won't get into that now...but what do you guys think? Would you go for it?
Can't wait to get the inside scoop on this one!
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Old 01-07-2006, 06:14 PM   #4
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I have a dream to set-up my own commercial microbrewery, but my wife won't let me.
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Old 01-07-2006, 07:09 PM   #5
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i'd look into it and exhaust all the options there. can't hurt to take a peak, right?
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Old 01-07-2006, 07:21 PM   #6
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Can't wait to get the inside scoop on this one!
You guys know as much about it right now as I do. Hopefully I can find out some more today when I get grain.

It sounds really interesting but it does have some issues I'd need to REALLY consider before I jumped in. Sam can probably see where I'm headed with this. I have some money to put into it, but do I want to is the question. It sure would be cool though.

I'll keep you al informed!
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Old 01-07-2006, 08:18 PM   #7
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The only thing I'd say is invest in hobbies for fun.
Invest in Business for business!
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Old 01-07-2006, 11:17 PM   #8
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One of the guys I work with is part owner (small cut I am certain) of a local brewery. I'll chat with him sometime next week and get back to you one way or the other.

I remember the place when they were still painting and the tanks weren't even ordered.

They needed investors and got several doctors and lawyers who basically became little dictators and ruined the whole thing (IMHO).

Personally, I don't like their beer. I've been there once since I've been back from Germany and that was to look for someone. I tried several of their beers then and critiqued each one and all came under the catagory of "sucked". I was VERY displeased. Never been back...and don't plan on it.
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Old 01-08-2006, 01:25 AM   #9
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Approach with caution, and look at their business plan. Find out how they calculated their rates of return and breakevens. How would you be an owner? If they issue a full out partnership, you're liable for losses (potentially) vs. offering you stock or even preferred stock.

What kind of return are you hoping to make on your investment? Do you think the market is there to support the place.

Can you afford to lose the money? If not, then STAY AWAY.
Do you think these guys are smart enough to run the place?
How much ownership will you have, and does that include the right to vote on matters like budget?
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Old 01-10-2006, 07:50 AM   #10
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I got the scoop on this....

It is a new brewery opening up in the old Williamsburg Brewing Co. brewery. Supposedly the specs haven't been worked out for all the equipment and all that, so it is a few months off. As for the investment--they are looking for 4-5 investors for about $50,000 each. That puts me out of the running! He did mention that once they got up and running they may open it up for more investors, for lower amounts. I doubt I'd go for it then either. I think this place has a steep uphill climb ahead of them.

My LHBS owner is definitely going to be the lead brewer-other than that he didn't know much else at this point. He did ask for volunteer help--but I'm not falling into that trap again--I'm going for a part-time job!!!!!!!
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