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I think mostly it means the brewery space must be completely separate and the space can't be shared with some other use. I've heard you can open a brewery at your house if it's in a separate outbuilding, or at least a garage separated by a locked door. This probably depends on your local inspector, not to mention local regulations. State and zoning laws are often more restrictive.
Our brewery is in a separate building on our residential property. We had no problem at all getting a Brewer's Notice. (federal license) During our post-approval inspection by a TTB investigator, he was mostly concerned about how we measure our beer for tax paying purposes, and that all the doors, windows and such could be locked. (I'm guessing that the "effective administration" part) The first thing he said after introducing himself was "I am here to protect the revenue of the US Government." Kind of says it all. Although he also wanted us to get receipts from the pig farmer who picks up our spent grain. I asked him for a regulatory citation for that requirement, and he couldn't do such.
Another person in town is opening a cidery in his home. The feds forced him to remove the door between the garage and the dwelling space.
Thank you for all your advise. I am looking into other banks as I did see other loan options on the SBA's website that my bank was not able to offer for some reason. They do offer the $50,000 but told me they cannot offer that as an option for business acquisition only to improve an existing business. As far as the failing of the business I have considered this and done my research and reviewed their P&L' s for the last 5years. As it is you could say it makes money as it is not run as a business but a hobby. It is only open 30 hours a week if they decide to stay open during their posted hours. They make most of their profit from the sale of wine they make to local businesses. And that is why the business is for sale they can not distribute any longer because the new owner's husband works for a distribution company and the state will not allow them to renew their license as they consider it a conflict of interest between the 2 businesses.
If you end up buying it, do yourself a favor and immediately rename the business
You are the brewer you decide what you want. Sometimes we just get hung up on stereotypes.You wouldn't use a neutral ale yeast in a hefe wort and call it a hefe?
You would if you are Widmer Brewing.