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Title: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
Post by: phillamb168 on September 09, 2011, 10:40:58 AM
One small step, one giant leap, as it were. Thanks to the lack of regulations around my neck of the woods, opening a brewery has been as easy as filling out a form online. No health department visits, no filing with authorities for license to sell (that's only for places where you have open containers), only getting a business ID and paying a couple hundred euros to join the appropriate society/guild thing. Still waiting on supply deliveries, but my first production runs have already been 'spoken for' by a pub and a beer shop. No distribution laws here either, btw, I can just show up and sell it. Also planning on selling from my house. Anyway! I have the following clients:
1. this pub (l'Express de Lyon) http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Gare+de+l%27est,+Paris,+France&hl=en&ll=48.84592,2.37235&spn=0.002588,0.008256&sll=48.847748,2.374157&sspn=0.002503,0.008256&vpsrc=6&t=m&z=18&layer=c&cbll=48.846066,2.372277&panoid=w14GSAyPVXIRqv_Z0juZ4A&cbp=12,241.96,,1,7.03
 - it's across the street from Gare de Lyon and gets a huge amount of traffic. He's getting 2 30 liter kegs as a market test, american IPA featuring centennial hops, beer's called "Lafayette Escadrille."
2. the best beer shop in Paris, Cave a Bulles (http://caveabulles.fr/) - he's getting a couple cases of 33cl Chesty Puller (Classic american Pilsner, of course)
3. Not finalized, but I'm working with the chateau across the street to do a special edition hyper-local biere de garde featuring hops we found growing wild on the grounds, and lagered in the on-site "Glaciere" what is basically the French version of a lager cave.

Not making a profit by any means but right now I'm just doing market feasibility. Thankfully the easiest way to do that in France is to just start the business, seeing as I already have everything I need to do this, save the 30L kegs which I am waiting on.

Good times!

(http://philliplamb.com/DBLogo-04.jpg)

Many thanks to TonyP who hooked me up with some awesome graphics work.
Title: Re: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
Post by: tumarkin on September 09, 2011, 10:50:18 AM
Live the dream, man. Best of luck!!
Title: Re: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
Post by: woadwarrior on September 09, 2011, 11:45:27 AM
Congrats and good luck. There are a lot of us in the States that envy your lack of regulation. (Sometimes I wonder about that whole "Land of the free" thing.)
Title: Re: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
Post by: hopfenundmalz on September 09, 2011, 12:01:00 PM
Let us know how a CAP is liked by the French.   I like this, way to go Phil.
Title: Re: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
Post by: tygo on September 09, 2011, 12:06:51 PM
Sounds like an exciting endeavor.  Good luck Phil!
Title: Re: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
Post by: theoman on September 09, 2011, 12:34:40 PM
Holy s***! That's awesome, Phil! Nice graphics, too.

Title: Re: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
Post by: jamminbrew on September 09, 2011, 12:39:29 PM
I wonder how many people know who Chesty Puller was...  Great name for a classic american beer.  Best of luck, I hope it goes very well for ya!
Title: Re: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
Post by: hopfenundmalz on September 09, 2011, 01:05:40 PM
I wonder how many people know who Chesty Puller was...  Great name for a classic american beer.  Best of luck, I hope it goes very well for ya!

Kinda the Audie Murphy of WWI.

Edit - to spell Audie correctly. 
Title: Re: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
Post by: phillamb168 on September 09, 2011, 01:11:13 PM
I wonder how many people know who Chesty Puller was...  Great name for a classic american beer.  Best of luck, I hope it goes very well for ya!

Kinda the Audy Murphy of WWI. 

Well I'm gonna have explanations and history on the back of the bottle - so they'll learn soon enough :-)

The main 'story' behind the brewery is along the lines of, American comes to France to defend the French once again... This time, against cheap German imports. Damn the Kaiser!
Title: Re: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
Post by: MrNate on September 09, 2011, 01:19:49 PM
I wonder how many people know who Chesty Puller was...  Great name for a classic american beer.  Best of luck, I hope it goes very well for ya!

I do.
Title: Re: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
Post by: Mark G on September 09, 2011, 01:43:55 PM
Congrats and good luck! I love the logo.
Title: Re: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
Post by: 1vertical on September 09, 2011, 01:51:45 PM
 ;D You've been quite busy Phil...good on ya!
Title: Re: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
Post by: MrNate on September 09, 2011, 02:25:07 PM
I can honestly say I've never wished I lived in France until now.

Oh, and the slogan on the Chesty Puller should be, "It's good enough for me!" under a picture of ol' Chesty.
Title: Re: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
Post by: phillamb168 on September 09, 2011, 02:56:19 PM
"It's good enough for me!" under a picture of ol' Chesty.

DONE. That's going on the label for sure.
Title: Re: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
Post by: majorvices on September 09, 2011, 03:26:33 PM
Congratulations and have fun - sounds like the easiest jump to pro brewer ever .... selling from your house??? WTF?  :D
Title: Re: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
Post by: glastctbrew on September 09, 2011, 04:05:43 PM
Grats Phil!  Wishing you the best of luck and drooling over the lack of regulations!
Title: Re: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
Post by: ryang on September 09, 2011, 04:17:07 PM
Way to make the leap (or rather small step)!!   :P

I know the area... you'll have lots of access to people that's for sure!
Title: Re: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
Post by: tschmidlin on September 09, 2011, 04:18:51 PM
That's awesome Phil, congratulations!  I'm jealous it is so easy there. :)  Like Keith said, try to keep it fun.
Title: Re: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
Post by: tonyp on September 09, 2011, 05:10:11 PM
Wishing you all the best Phil, can't wait to get started on the labels!

Just wanted to let everyone know that working with Phil on the logo design has been a pleasure. Most clients have no ideas, no direction and no clue, but Phil was ready with a unique "background story" that made my job so much easier. As a designer, a lot of what I do is translate feelings into reality, story into substance. When you have the emotion and the story its so much easier to create a design, and when you have a client that lets you do your job and also provides great input, you come up with what I believe is a great result.

Thanks for being such a great client Phil, you deserve all of the good things that will come to you! Congratulations and all the best!

TonyP
Title: Re: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
Post by: euge on September 09, 2011, 05:31:19 PM
Impressive graphics Tony. As far as regulations go it is refreshing to see the laxity in this area. And, Phil- if it doesn't work out you at least won't have put yourself in the poor-house trying to get started.

Best of luck! Keep us updated with your progress.
Title: Re: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
Post by: beersk on September 09, 2011, 05:48:14 PM
Awesome, Phil, congratulations!  Hard to believe it's that easy there.  Ameeeeerica! F*ck yeah!  Cuz freedom is the only way, yeah!
Title: Re: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
Post by: phillamb168 on September 09, 2011, 06:08:26 PM
Wishing you all the best Phil, can't wait to get started on the labels!

Just wanted to let everyone know that working with Phil on the logo design has been a pleasure. Most clients have no ideas, no direction and no clue, but Phil was ready with a unique "background story" that made my job so much easier. As a designer, a lot of what I do is translate feelings into reality, story into substance. When you have the emotion and the story its so much easier to create a design, and when you have a client that lets you do your job and also provides great input, you come up with what I believe is a great result.

Thanks for being such a great client Phil, you deserve all of the good things that will come to you! Congratulations and all the best!

TonyP

It helps that we are both AWESOME, Tony. :-)
Title: Re: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
Post by: phillamb168 on September 09, 2011, 06:10:59 PM
Impressive graphics Tony. As far as regulations go it is refreshing to see the laxity in this area. And, Phil- if it doesn't work out you at least won't have put yourself in the poor-house trying to get started.

Best of luck! Keep us updated with your progress.

Yeah, I wouldn't have done it if it wasn't so easy and basically didn't cost anything. However echoing what's been said on the Going Pro threads, I can see how if I get lots of demand it quickly becomes expensive due to equipment upgrades. Can't brew commercially on anything less than 5 HL, but that's why I'm in talks with a few of the breweries around here for contracting. That's a bigger step on down the road, but we'll see how it goes.
Title: Re: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
Post by: jaybeerman on September 09, 2011, 09:20:35 PM
Phil with all the talk over the last few months I'm glad to see this thing come to fruition.  Have fun with it and when it quits being fun hire more people to do the dirty work.  :)
Title: Re: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
Post by: MrNate on September 09, 2011, 09:58:47 PM
Impressive graphics Tony. As far as regulations go it is refreshing to see the laxity in this area. And, Phil- if it doesn't work out you at least won't have put yourself in the poor-house trying to get started.

Best of luck! Keep us updated with your progress.

Yeah, I wouldn't have done it if it wasn't so easy and basically didn't cost anything. However echoing what's been said on the Going Pro threads, I can see how if I get lots of demand it quickly becomes expensive due to equipment upgrades. Can't brew commercially on anything less than 5 HL, but that's why I'm in talks with a few of the breweries around here for contracting. That's a bigger step on down the road, but we'll see how it goes.

A buddy of mine does nothing BUT contract brewing, all around the world, and he's doing pretty well for himself lately. Good luck with it all!
Title: Re: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on September 12, 2011, 01:17:25 AM
Phil
Congratulations. As other said keep it fun. Brewing is just a small portion of having a brewery.
Title: Re: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on September 12, 2011, 01:18:23 AM
Wishing you all the best Phil, can't wait to get started on the labels!

Just wanted to let everyone know that working with Phil on the logo design has been a pleasure. Most clients have no ideas, no direction and no clue, but Phil was ready with a unique "background story" that made my job so much easier. As a designer, a lot of what I do is translate feelings into reality, story into substance. When you have the emotion and the story its so much easier to create a design, and when you have a client that lets you do your job and also provides great input, you come up with what I believe is a great result.

Thanks for being such a great client Phil, you deserve all of the good things that will come to you! Congratulations and all the best!

TonyP
Any free graphic work for ProBrewers  ;D
Title: Re: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
Post by: bluesman on September 12, 2011, 01:30:37 AM
Sounds like a sweet deal!

Congrats...wishing the best for ya Phil.  8)
Title: Re: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
Post by: tonyp on September 12, 2011, 02:11:27 PM
Any free graphic work for ProBrewers  ;D


Any free beer for Pro Graphic Designers? :D

but seriously, send me a note and we can talk.
Title: Re: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
Post by: morticaixavier on September 12, 2011, 09:24:12 PM
That's awesome phil! Good luck!
Title: Re: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
Post by: akr71 on September 13, 2011, 02:00:58 PM
Awesome!  I hope to read about DBC's expansion plans soon.
Title: Re: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
Post by: richardt on September 13, 2011, 02:05:15 PM
I'm just loving how uncomplicated it is for Phil to start up a brewery.  Too bad it isn't that easy here in the "Land of the Free."
Title: Re: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
Post by: phillamb168 on September 15, 2011, 11:53:18 AM
It's only as easy as it is thanks to the heritage of the wine industry. Plus I'm not looking to export yet. Once that happens, hoo boy. I'd say it's easy to be a small fry here. You wanna have explosive growth like Stone or DFH or whatnot, you really need some cash and your permits and whatnot. Still gonna cost me a couple pinky fingers to get everything going. Hey Tony, ready to start on that labeling project yet? :-)
Title: Re: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
Post by: weithman5 on September 15, 2011, 01:00:56 PM
phil, my wife will be in paris in october (flight attendant) can she buy a bottle by then?
Title: Re: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
Post by: Jimmy K on September 15, 2011, 02:33:47 PM
I'm just loving how uncomplicated it is for Phil to start up a brewery.  Too bad it isn't that easy here in the "Land of the Free."

I read a lot about hard cider in britain and it is the same. Only the pub needs an alcohol license. Makes me jealous.
Title: Re: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
Post by: tonyp on September 15, 2011, 07:30:08 PM
Hey Tony, ready to start on that labeling project yet? :-)

Ready! :)
Title: Re: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
Post by: phillamb168 on September 21, 2011, 08:59:38 AM
phil, my wife will be in paris in october (flight attendant) can she buy a bottle by then?

Sent you a PM.