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Title: aspirations
Post by: dannyj621 on January 03, 2010, 04:44:03 AM
how far do you want to take your brewing career?  What goals do you have as a brewer? i personally want to open a brew pub in my hometown it would kill
Title: Re: aspirations
Post by: yeastmaster on January 03, 2010, 01:32:32 PM
I would love to go pro but the student loans for my current career (veterinarian) cost way to much for me to afford on a brewer's salary right now  :-[
Title: Re: aspirations
Post by: makemehoppy on January 03, 2010, 01:52:07 PM
I plan to retire or at least work part time withing the next 5 years. I'd like to pick up a job at one of the 3 local brew pubs in my area.
Title: Re: aspirations
Post by: denny on January 03, 2010, 03:23:15 PM
I've already ruined 2 hobbies I loved (music and computers) by turning them into careers.  All I want out of homebrewing is to make great beer and enjoy it with great friends.
Title: Re: aspirations
Post by: intrinsic on January 03, 2010, 05:13:08 PM
I've already ruined 2 hobbies I loved (music and computers) by turning them into careers.  All I want out of homebrewing is to make great beer and enjoy it with great friends.

I totally agree. Once it becomes work the fun is no longer there.
Title: Re: aspirations
Post by: bruck on January 03, 2010, 05:13:42 PM
I think that I got into it too late or I would have likely done something in brewing. At this point I have the wife, 2 kids, 2 dogs, a house, etc, etc. Not sure I can rewrite my career path at this point. :-\
Title: Re: aspirations
Post by: bluesman on January 03, 2010, 05:25:36 PM
I would love to start a microbrewery, but I understand the start-up costs to be pretty high. I have heard figures in the 2-3 million range for a decent start. I would need to find investors. Then it becomes location, location and location. Not to mention the fact that one has to brew fantastic beer and that's the fun part.
Title: Re: aspirations
Post by: Kaiser on January 04, 2010, 01:00:39 AM
There is something to be said about it being just a hobby. You don't have to do it and you can set your own pace. The only way I can see myself brewing for living is if a lot of things are paid and I don't need to make much money. I'm not much of a risk taker. So going out on a limb and opening a brewing business is out of the question for me.

Kai
Title: Re: aspirations
Post by: hamiltont on January 04, 2010, 01:13:46 AM
I plan to retire or at least work part time within the next 5 years. I'd like to pick up a job at one of the 3 local brew pubs in my area.

Ditto!   ;D
Title: Re: aspirations
Post by: dannyj621 on January 04, 2010, 02:57:04 AM
to what denney said i agree with you but for me cooking was my biggest hobby and i made it my career and love it some people can make work pleasure for them i suppose
Title: Re: aspirations
Post by: akr71 on January 04, 2010, 03:42:20 PM
I plan to retire or at least work part time withing the next 5 years. I'd like to pick up a job at one of the 3 local brew pubs in my area.

This sounds like a pretty sweet plan!  Opening a brewpub is a retirement dream, but just a dream while I have a young family, mortgage and 15 to 20 years left in my current career.  Plus, the small town I live in would probably not support it - the University town 15 minutes away - maybe.  Working at someone else's brewpub part-time (30 minutes away) - Brilliant!

Really, what I'd prefer to do would be to buy about ~20 acres outside of town and have a little hobby farm and hop ranch.  I'd keep the brewing as a hobby.  ;D
Title: Re: aspirations
Post by: denny on January 04, 2010, 04:21:39 PM
to what denney said i agree with you but for me cooking was my biggest hobby and i made it my career and love it some people can make work pleasure for them i suppose

I loved the studio 28 years ago when I started it.  I still really enjoy studio work, but I HATE running a business!
Title: Re: aspirations
Post by: akr71 on January 04, 2010, 06:12:07 PM
to what denney said i agree with you but for me cooking was my biggest hobby and i made it my career and love it some people can make work pleasure for them i suppose

I loved the studio 28 years ago when I started it.  I still really enjoy studio work, but I HATE running a business!

This is my biggest fear about making brewing my career.  I'd love to own a brewpub, but I know nothing about running a restaurant, but realize the restaurant has to be strong enough to support the brewery until (and if) the customers start coming for the beer first and food second.

One day when I no longer have mortgage payments or have nightmares about kids tuition fees, I might feel differntly.  The hop ranch still sounds more fun - and maybe a cottage meadery.
Title: Re: aspirations
Post by: corkybstewart on January 04, 2010, 06:22:26 PM
My goal is to open a brewpub in my wife's area in France.  She has a brother who is a chef and caterer, he just retired from his "day" job and is looking for something to do.  Since he has the business already set up it would be a lot easier for me to just have to deal with the brewing part.  My BIL the farmer could plant 20 acres of hops for me, he already grows 2-row barley and wheat. But how realistic is this, I have no idea. 
Title: Re: aspirations
Post by: ndcube on January 04, 2010, 06:30:04 PM
Really, what I'd prefer to do would be to buy about ~20 acres outside of town and have a little hobby farm and hop ranch.  I'd keep the brewing as a hobby.  ;D

This is what I want.
Title: Re: aspirations
Post by: blatz on January 04, 2010, 07:37:52 PM
my dream would be to have a brewshed/detached workshop sorta like mrbowenz has...


 

Title: Re: aspirations
Post by: deepsouth on January 04, 2010, 10:34:31 PM
pro brewer on a vary small scale and then a brewpub.
Title: Re: aspirations
Post by: beersk on January 04, 2010, 11:10:09 PM
I wouldn't mind open a small brewpub someday.  But I'm with Denny.  I'm a musician and playing drums/music for a living would be sweet at first, but I bet after a while it would surely lose it's fun.  There's something to be said about hobbies just staying hobbies. 
Title: Re: aspirations
Post by: mrbowenz on January 04, 2010, 11:54:32 PM
my dream would be to have a brewshed/detached workshop sorta like mrbowenz has...

Yeah me too!

I would not want to do the brewery thing full time, but I love beer and all the other stuff, what I am doing is everything else related and having a blast. I have a brewing exhibit in a  going on for a year, I give historical brewing demonstrations in period garb on period equipment, I have a mug club for 24 friends, the brewery ,and I am filming a wacky documentary on the holy grail of ales .. other than that, I am just a wanker businessman and general underachiever
Title: Re: aspirations
Post by: richt on January 05, 2010, 08:07:19 PM
There is something to be said about it being just a hobby. You don't have to do it and you can set your own pace. The only way I can see myself brewing for living is if a lot of things are paid and I don't need to make much money. I'm not much of a risk taker. So going out on a limb and opening a brewing business is out of the question for me.

Kai

Same here.
Title: Re: aspirations
Post by: karlh on January 07, 2010, 06:19:27 PM
This time of year I just aspire to having a brewing area thats heated beyond whatever my burners are throwing off... a roof might be nice too.