Sam Calagione started on a 10-gallon system. Just sayin ;-) obviously not idealLarry Bell started in 1985 with a 15 gallon soup pot. Sam had a Sabco Brew Magic.
There is the story (maybe from an interview) from Larry Bell that after years of brewing he went to a lawyer to start the procedure of bankrupcy. The lawyer said it would cost $1500 dollars to do it. Larry said if he had $1500 he wouldn't be there, and left the office. May not be true but I like the story.
Founders was at the point the creditors were about the foreclose. They went out and bought a set of bolt cutters just in case the doors were padlocked (that would have been more trouble I think). They still have those as a reminder of where they were.
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