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Title: We're going pro!!!
Post by: tubadog on March 22, 2011, 12:49:58 AM
Well, my good friend Dave and I have decided to do it... We are going pro!  Problem is, we need some help with the name of the brewery.  Help us out be taking our short zoomerang survey, you might be the person who names our brewery!

~Bryan

http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22C3XNJAP3J/ (http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22C3XNJAP3J/)
Title: Re: We're going pro!!!
Post by: timberati on March 22, 2011, 01:35:23 AM
Good luck with the shift to pro. I would like to help.  What are "suburban," "New Britain," etc.? ???
Title: Re: We're going pro!!!
Post by: tubadog on March 22, 2011, 01:39:17 AM
Good luck with the shift to pro. I would like to help.  What are "suburban," "New Britain," etc.? ???

Potential names for the brewery.
Title: Re: We're going pro!!!
Post by: punatic on March 22, 2011, 01:45:59 AM
Black River Brewery has a nice rhythm to it.

Meet you at the BRB for a BRU... or two!
Title: Re: We're going pro!!!
Post by: bluesman on March 22, 2011, 02:43:44 AM
I like Black River...has a nice ring to it.

Good Luck!
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Post by: timberati on March 22, 2011, 03:01:06 AM
Black River Brewery
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Title: Re: We're going pro!!!
Post by: tschmidlin on March 22, 2011, 03:36:01 AM
I've got to go with Black River too.

Suburban is a vehicle
Vanguard is a financial company
New Britain reminds me of Little Britain in Arrested Development, and is too close to New Belgium
Title: Re: We're going pro!!!
Post by: theoman on March 22, 2011, 08:56:24 AM
Congrats! Here's hoping the name is the biggest obstacle.
Title: Re: We're going pro!!!
Post by: majorvices on March 22, 2011, 11:38:02 AM
Congrats! Here's hoping the name is the biggest obstacle.

Those are high hopes, indeed. The name is tricky but, oh boy, its no where close to the biggest obstacle. It is super important.

Congratulations Tubadog. I have been running a small brewery out of Huntsville, AL for about 6 months now. If you have any questions feel free to PM me and I'll try and help you out. Hopefully you have been saving LOTS of money.  ;)
Title: Re: We're going pro!!!
Post by: beersk on March 22, 2011, 02:50:56 PM
I've got to go with Black River too.

Suburban is a vehicle
Vanguard is a financial company
New Britain reminds me of Little Britain in Arrested Development, and is too close to New Belgium

Pretty sure Vanguard was a drum & bugle corps first.  But either way, I get your point.

Black River Brewery sounds good.  Good luck going pro, it's the dream of many a homebrewer.
Title: Re: We're going pro!!!
Post by: glastctbrew on March 22, 2011, 03:00:53 PM
Took the survey but have to say Black River has the best ring to it.  Not sure where you are located so it is hard to judge if New Britain would be appropriate, could be if you are going with a geographic identity.

Regardless, I wish you great success.  Like many if us, this is a dream of mine as well.  My hats off to you for going for it!
Title: Re: We're going pro!!!
Post by: Mark G on March 22, 2011, 09:16:04 PM
I think Black River by far sounds best. Good luck with the brewery!
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Post by: dbeechum on March 22, 2011, 09:38:11 PM
Only concern with Black River would be name conflicts. There was a Black River Brewing in VT, but it appears closed.
Title: Re: We're going pro!!!
Post by: tonyp on March 22, 2011, 10:46:51 PM
Only concern with Black River would be name conflicts. There was a Black River Brewing in VT, but it appears closed.

If this does become a problem maybe Dark River or Black Water would be good substitutes.
Title: Re: We're going pro!!!
Post by: narvin on March 22, 2011, 11:44:24 PM
Only concern with Black River would be name conflicts. There was a Black River Brewing in VT, but it appears closed.

If this does become a problem maybe Dark River or Black Water would be good substitutes.

Brown River is also not an option, as it would infringe on the name of my brewery:
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Title: Re: We're going pro!!!
Post by: oscarvan on March 23, 2011, 12:06:18 AM
Good luck. Starting a business is tough, very tough. I hope you succeed and that Dave will still be your friend.
Title: Re: We're going pro!!!
Post by: punatic on March 23, 2011, 12:39:22 AM
As a certified wastewater treatment plant operator (aka a turd herder) I can tell for certain it is a creek not a lake...  :o
Title: Re: We're going pro!!!
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on March 23, 2011, 02:22:34 AM
My advise would be check the US trademark database before you go further.
Trust on this.
Pick the name that does not conflict with anybody else.
It is pain to change your name later on.
Title: Re: We're going pro!!!
Post by: tschmidlin on March 23, 2011, 04:01:21 AM
My advise would be check the US trademark database before you go further.
Trust on this.
Pick the name that does not conflict with anybody else.
It is pain to change your name later on.
Really good point, too many breweries get sued over really loose connections.
Title: Re: We're going pro!!!
Post by: phillamb168 on March 23, 2011, 06:58:12 AM
My advise would be check the US trademark database before you go further.
Trust on this.
Pick the name that does not conflict with anybody else.
It is pain to change your name later on.

When I started my business my accountant had me check the state business registration database, but not the national one. I believe that, depending on the scope of the business, you may be alright as long as you're unique in your state. IANAL.
Title: Re: We're going pro!!!
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on March 23, 2011, 02:08:53 PM
Phill,
You are correct that name of your business has to be unique in your state.
On the other hand beer has a national market.
Even thou you never I tend to distribute outside of your state someone else with similar name might come to your state.
This is why you need to search federal trade mark database.
Title: Re: We're going pro!!!
Post by: punatic on March 23, 2011, 03:20:04 PM
Good luck. Starting a business is tough, very tough. I hope you succeed and that Dave will still be your friend.

Wellll... It's not quite as bad as all of that.  It is a lot of work to start your first business, but the rewards are well worth the effort.  The toughest part is shaking off the employee mindset, and realizing that you are now in charge.  Success or failure is based on how motivated you are.  It takes a lot of self-disipline.

The good news is that each new business you start after the first one is much easier. 

Congrats on having the courage to give it a try!  I'm looking forward to having your beer!