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Title: Going commercial
Post by: mcampo84 on August 24, 2010, 05:57:01 PM
I'm having a hell of a time trying to find information on going commercial (aside from the AHA recommended books).

Does anyone know where I can find a list of contract brewers?  I don't have the funds to build a brewery from scratch, so I need to go this route for now.

Thanks in advance!

Title: Re: Going commercial
Post by: jeffy on August 24, 2010, 06:25:45 PM
Go to Probrewer.com and look over all the past discussions.  I've been lurking there for years without signing on and have learned a lot about what it takes to go pro.  It is not a site that really welcomes homebrewers, but the information is invaluable.
Title: Re: Going commercial
Post by: chrisinestes on August 25, 2010, 05:32:14 PM
Join the Brewers Association. It's the pro side of the AHA.

Title: Re: Going commercial
Post by: majorvices on August 25, 2010, 05:42:47 PM
I would start by contacting a local brewery and seeing if they contract brew (be sure the beer they brew is good first!). Then contact the TTB and see what kind of paperwork you need to file for a contract brew. www.ttb.gov.
Title: Re: Going commercial
Post by: glasse on August 26, 2010, 07:27:31 PM
Give us a shout!  The BA can help.

The BA professional division has nearly 300 breweries in planning (of all business models) that are members of the BA and receive personal assistance from our staff, lots of networking opportunities within the membership, and tons of resources to assist with the details involved with opening a brewery.  I can be reached at 888-822-6273 x 135 or erin@brewersassociation.org.

I look forward to it!

Erin Glass
BA Professional Division
Membership Coordinator & Brewery Detective
Title: Re: Going commercial
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on August 26, 2010, 07:37:10 PM
I agree with majorvices.

Another think to consider is that contract brewers have they batch sizes.
You might find a brewer that brew good beer but he will tell you.
Out fermenters are 40 BBL. This is our batch size.
Do you know how many six packs are in 40 BBL of beer?
They might also require money up front before they brew it.

By the way you should start writting your business plan.
Title: Re: Going commercial
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on August 28, 2010, 01:42:30 AM
Here is a sample Contract brewing pricing from Indian Wells Brewing Company out of CA.


That should get you on the road what is price concerned.
In other parts of country price might be different.