I would like to start a micro or nano brew business in my small town. I'm not looking into starting big as I only will be producing in kegs for local bars, resturants, pubs and clubs. So my question is can i self distribute or do i need a distributor in order to sell? Also would this be a good way to start? Thanks
Leos (Thirsty Monk) makes some very good points.
Although, you have pretty much described our brewery. But from the start, my wife and I chose to do this as a hobby. Both of us are employed in other industries with fairly secure paychecks. But, we love to brew. And being able to sell our beer makes it quite a bit easier to brew 1-2bbls a week. In my state I can self-distribute. Plus, we got an outbuilding on our residential property licensed by state and feds. If we had to lease space, we couldn't do this. If we had to use a distributor, we couldn't do this.
But we are doing it. And it's a boatload of fun. (although last night cleaning kegs wasn't "superfun" LOL)