« on: January 01, 2013, 01:56:53 PM »
I tried really hard to make the numbers work for a 1.5 bbl system and just couldn't figure out a way to pay myself a living wage. A lot of that has to do with locality though: rent/mortgage, utilities, taxes, compliance costs for health codes, etc. If your location is on the low side as far as costs, then 3 bbl is probably workable. In a place like Southern California it would probably be a struggle to break even at 15 bbl.
There are a couple of 3 barrel breweries in the UP, the rent is pretty low in Calumet on the Keweenaw Peninsula, or in Sault Ste Marie.
There is a 1 barrel place in Marquette named Blackrocks that has a good reputation for good beer, but they are only open Thurs-Sat, and sell all the beer they have ready on those days.