You do the TTB first, the PLCB will need your TTB "Brewers Notice" number. But there is a way with PLCB to do a pre approval. This I did not originally know.Thanks for the update! Did you need to get approved by the Feds before you could even apply for the state license? I'm hoping to go through that process in a couple years. What have been the biggest challenges so far to getting approved by PA?
Thanks for the info! Good luck getting your license! I'd love to visit your brewery once you're up and running. Are you going to have a tasting room?You do the TTB first, the PLCB will need your TTB "Brewers Notice" number. But there is a way with PLCB to do a pre approval. This I did not originally know.
The biggest problem I am having is that I am trying to share an industrial building I already rent. They have issues with the Lease and with me sectioning off 'part' of a building. I can have no doors that lead to any other part of the building. I tried to get an exemption for the doors that are in the rooms but they wont let me. The doors must open to the outside, or-so-they-say. I know they can give exemptions, it even states 'unless exempted by the board'. But we are dealing with PLCB one of the worse PA government bodies for being reasonable.
Many times I am active in the brewery on weekends. And yes to the dogs at Laskaris's on the square, they are famous.Wadefisher - great job. You are doing what most of us just dream about.
I just noticed that you were in Lewistow, PA. My wife's still has alot of relatives in Lewistown. I never suggested that we go visit, but now I will. Are you ever brewing on weekends ?
Also, I remember some great hotdogs in town with Texas chile saw, mustard and onions. Are they still there ?
Hey Wadefisher. I live in State College and was also at the beer expo. Sorry we didn't meet! If I had seen your crew in their matching gear I would have introduced myself.
Small production means small mistakes. I know from other business ventures it's better to learn the hard-way with small numbers. I have no regrets starting with this system. But I am already planning something bigger.Have you hit a point where you are regretting not going bigger from the start? Has this become your full time job?
Bottling looks like a long day
We have been doing direct sales of Growlers and bottles because of public demand. Where I am I can not do Tap Room sales, just take out. It has been extra $$ and we really like connecting with the customers. I originally was not going to but it is a good thing that we are doing it now.Have you considered retailing as an option to make up profits? A tap room, or just selling cases of beer out of your shop? Distributing wholesale has to be tough at that level.
I can't think of the brand name, but Grainger sells it. Look for their 'Sanitary' pumps. It cost like $1200. It's a big brand name for pumps. It has true sanitary connections, 1 1/2" TC. No threads anywhere. Threads are the devil when trying to keep sanitary.What kind of pump are you running in that shot under the kettle?