Keith and Leos have my respect for doing this and making a go of it.
Thank you Jeff.
It has been interesting ride so far.
I work much more then what I wished for.
People like our beers and each month I am brewing more.
Now the double brews are name of the game.
I/we have chosen a different route then Keith. We started this as a family business.
We are also in the state that we can self distribute our product.
Self distribution is a major cornerstone of our business plan.
Without it I would not open a brewery.
Another piece is that we took price of packaging out of the price of beer.
We bottle in non traditional format and ask deposit for the bottle.
A few (rough) statistics for brewery with distributor.
1,000 BBL a year = break even point.
3,000 BBL a year = doing O.K.
there is one employee for 1,000 BBL
If you self distribute cut the number of BBL in half.
Now make that on 1 BBL system.