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Going Pro / Re: Honored by visit.
« on: June 11, 2014, 06:50:54 AM »
That's cool. Looks like they stopped at Dave's Brew Farm.

The Pub / Re:
« on: May 17, 2014, 10:29:23 PM »
I still have a few minutes, not that YOU would care. I'm pathetic....

The Pub / Re:
« on: May 17, 2014, 09:51:02 PM »
Sorry but I'm there, rip or tear I'm not relevant to you. I do hold a golden ticket

The Pub / Re: Pete Coors doesn't get it
« on: May 08, 2014, 09:16:57 AM »

I would add that a lot of their problem has everything to do with size.  It is easier to turn a ski boat than a tanker.  Organizations have inertia, politics and lazy people (and dare I say unions).  It is a significant strategic advantage to be smaller when it comes to change and adaptation.
It is not the unions preventing BMC from adapting, that's just silly.

In no way do I want to hijack this thread into a union pro/con debate.  My only point was to say that unions do add a layer of complexity which sometimes results in delay - not that they would prevent BMC from adapting.  A union has its members welfare as its primary focus.  Sometimes this conflicts with the goals of the company in which they work.

And that is all I will contribute to the matter.

My local 666 union wants donuts and coffee every morning. Easy to please.

Crazy devils!

Going Pro / Re: Hop contracts and obtaining hops
« on: May 08, 2014, 09:15:24 AM »
Do hop contracts normally require a down payment or payment in full ?

Not mine, but you have to buy the amount within a year.

The Pub / Re: Pete Coors doesn't get it
« on: May 07, 2014, 11:00:44 AM »
I think the point of having a light beer on tap is to have something for the non craft drinker. I think that beer bars that don't carry BMC are missing out on customers. That doesn't mean they should have more than one on tap. No when it comes to natural ice keystone etc. They are worse than Heineken or corona to me.

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That is why there is soda and bottled water at our tap house.  I do enjoy taking tap handles away BMC (mostly Lienie's)

Going Pro / Re: Hop contracts and obtaining hops
« on: May 06, 2014, 01:19:26 PM »
A good reason for a homebrewer with professional aspirations to play with all the hops not just the popular ones. You have to be creative to find hops without a contract.

Going Pro / Re: Biggest barrier?
« on: April 29, 2014, 07:52:14 AM »
After this past weekends beer fest, my opinion is buy the lottery tickets and even that might not be enough. WTF bottled beer cocktails? Helles and Wit in the same bottle! OK I'm getting off the soap box.

Going Pro / Re: Leasing Equipment
« on: April 29, 2014, 07:45:43 AM »
We leased our first kegs because of cash flow, after that we started to buy our own. I think a lease might be a last resort if you can't get a loan.

For a loan, deal with a bank you have done business before with, even if it has been personal stuff. If they know you maybe they be willing to help you out. It works in small town American where you grew up not sure what happens in the rest of the country. FWIW.

Going Pro / Re: Biggest barrier?
« on: April 25, 2014, 02:37:23 PM »
I disagree.  plenty of smart people have made great beer and gone out of business. plenty of dumb people make bad beer and make a killing.  I wish the world was fair, but it's not.

I agree but they may be the exception to the rule.

The Pub / Re: Have you ever ......
« on: April 25, 2014, 02:13:48 PM »
I have a beer fest I have to pour at this weekend I will probably try it then. Even though my consumption will be minimal.

The Pub / Have you ever ......
« on: April 25, 2014, 11:52:22 AM »
Have you tried this and did it work for you?

Going Pro / Re: Biggest barrier?
« on: April 25, 2014, 07:05:42 AM »
ROI's for most small businesses are negative for something like 5 years, at least. Beer is a low-margin, capital-intensive industry, so I suspect it's worse than that, on average.

However, I know of a few breweries that got crazy successful accidentally, so I guess it's kind of a toss-up between spending $1m on a brewery vs $1m on lottery tickets.

I don't think you get successful by accident. If you are smart you can be successful and you don't need a ton of money but you need to make good beer. If you don't make it I don't think you lose the total value of your equipment, like lottery tickets.

One other thing a would be brewery owner should ask themselves is what is my goal with this business. You have to be realistic and honest with yourself. What do you consider successful ? Don't worry what others think. If you want to be a millionaire, yes by all means buy them tickets. 

Going Pro / Re: Beer Camp across America?
« on: April 16, 2014, 10:32:34 AM »
I think they are going to do regional beer fests also, with one being in Chicago (Midwest edition) July 27.

Going Pro / Beer Camp across America?
« on: April 16, 2014, 06:53:42 AM »
Did you get your Beer Camp bottle from Sierra Nevada? Are you going to participate in this tour?

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