I think he just wants to be sure I stick with it when it gets tough. He has an investor so the funds are there and I'm not planning on borrowing anything to make this happen.
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The other side of the question, how often does a 7 barrel brewhouse need to be used to pay for itself. Brewing on it twice a month might be convenient for you, but that is really expensive equipment sitting idle for 28 days per month.
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You're right that brew pubs in OK have an uphill battle because they can only serve 3.2. You mentioned college town, so it's either Sooners or Cowboys! How well do you know your market?That's a really good point. I thought about it briefly, then left it on the backburner. It gives me reason to make the case to open this restaurant in Tulsa rather than Stillwater. I think a 3.2 brew pub would do fine in Tulsa as long as the beers tasted good. There really are a variety of low point styles to choose from that are still good. I think the problem with brew pubs in OK is that they are all trying to make high point beers into 3.2 beers, which is just plain stupid and makes brew pubs looks bad.
I'm a STW import, and if that's where youre looking, I'd be cautious about bringing in a brewpub, simply because the market is not very deep. Its limited beyond students and they're perfectly happy with cheap domestic long necks. Add in a handle of established bars with good craft selections for good prices, and you'll struggle to shift a bunch of 3.2 at brew pub prices. Especially if I can get a double IPA for the same price or less next door. I just don't see brew pubs in OK being successful until laws change.
I would be concerned that not only does he not know anything about beer but that he knows nothing about running a restaurant and nothing about running a business in general.
That was my first thought.