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The Pub / Re: commercial examples of helles lager
« on: March 31, 2016, 03:23:13 PM »
August 20 2015. yep

The Pub / Re: Yellowhammer to go!
« on: March 31, 2016, 01:44:13 PM »
That is great!  I didn't know a brewery could make a profit. All  I hear is you can't start small and become profitable. Guess you gave a big fly the bird to that Kieth. Good on ya man!! 

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We aren't actually profitable yet, but we are projected to be profitable after next year (but we didn't have the growler bill passing in our projections, so it may actually come sooner). We are still growing and operating at a loss. If it wasn't for a very supportive wife who works her ass off to support me and my family there is no way I could do this. I make some money, but barely more than I did the year I graduated college. And I basically worked 3 years for free and invested a lot of money. I'm not saying it is different than any other start up business, but the warnings of starting a brewery are legit. And failure is still a possibility for us even now.

What Alabama needs now is a self distribute law and cap it around 300,000 barrels. So you don't have to go years without making a profit.

Going Pro / Re: Brewery Volunteering
« on: March 21, 2016, 10:47:47 AM »
To clarify, if you work in our brewery you are a paid employee. Only volunteers are ones who help pour beer at beer fests on occasions.

Going Pro / Re: Brewery Volunteering
« on: March 19, 2016, 03:45:28 PM »
I'm nowhere near that part of the US, good luck. I may need a helper for the summer though.


Thank you Marc. Now we need to figure out how to get your beer to our BierHall.

Maybe give a shout if you are headed through Wausau. If I find some headed over to you or if I decide to road trip to see the new place.

Absolutely you do need good recipes or you could just borrow some very good internet recipes.;) It can be done and yes you can make money. I'm proof of that for the last 2 of 3 years any way.

 It all depends on how you approach it. Opening a brewery is way to much for one person to do alone. You have to realistic about it. New stuff and labor cost a lot of money and unless you have that million, you have to borrow it and pay it back. So comprise is the rule, (for me anyway), everyone likes the nice new brew house and all that is needed to make it go, who doesn't. I didn't have that million, but I did have craigslist and the benefit of a mentor who took the same plunge a couple years earlier to lean on. (Thanks Leos!)

That said my equipment looks like huge homebrew equipment made from dairy equipment and plastic fermenters. I have had to build a few things like a keg washer, bottler and labeler. There is a lot of work involved, a big thank you to the forklift inventor. I was fortunate to have had a job in manufacturing so I had a very good idea on the how boring this work can be and is at times. A brewing education would be a plus. Just like any occupation you have to really be into it, to survive and thrive in it.

Going Pro / Re: Best books on commercial brewing?
« on: March 03, 2016, 08:52:05 AM »
Maybe buy a book on winning the lottery, too!  ;)

Or buy Denny's and Drew's Experimental Brewing book and their new one Homebrew All-Stars. Better than winning the lottery!  8)

The Pub / Re: Need Your Vote - 2016 Beer Drinker of the Year
« on: January 26, 2016, 02:11:14 PM »
How many times can we vote?

A sour dough starter can take months, what I have found is not what you want or get. It is what nature gives you. What you get I say embrace and work with it. You can bend it with recipes and most of all enjoy the ride, never the less you will get the best that will challenge you to make the BEST.

The same with beer, it is all the same.

Best of Luck!
Never forget to
Share you results

The Pub / Re: Mystery Beer
« on: January 17, 2016, 10:52:13 PM »
OK, thoughts on a brewery doing this in the Taphouse? Worth it or worth more?

The Pub / Re: Nfl,playoffs
« on: January 17, 2016, 10:45:17 PM »
I'll say it again... none of these AFC teams look very good.  Any given Sunday, but both Arizona and Carolina look a lot better.

Yep, still agree. I like Arizona to go the Super Bowl. They're solid on both sides of the ball.
I think Seatle and then Green Bay provided the blue print to beat the Cards, AFC vs the Cards I pick the AFC, that said I think Carolina beats the AFC.

The Pub / Re: NB Forum
« on: January 17, 2016, 10:37:34 PM »
Dave was right sorry to say. BEERSK stop up some time.

Going Pro / Re: NYS Farm Brewery License
« on: January 17, 2016, 10:25:16 PM »
Sorry no, but if you can I will help out the best I can.

Going Pro / Re: Growler suppliers?
« on: January 15, 2016, 09:23:07 AM »

Going Pro / Re: Growler suppliers?
« on: January 14, 2016, 11:57:59 AM »
We are leaning that way but freight from adds almost 50 cents to each growler.

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