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Leasing Equipment
« on: February 14, 2012, 04:12:28 PM »
Hi all,

new to the AHA forum here, its been interesting reading around a bit.  I am currently in the infancy of planning a brewery, and I was wondering if any of you had heard of leasing brewing equipment?  I am having a slow start to raising capital, and want to spend my dollars wisely... I would appreciate your thoughts and expertise.  

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Re: Leasing Equipment
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2012, 07:24:49 PM »
Truth is that I am not aware of anybody leasing brewing equipment.
The only thing that you can lease are kegs.
Keg Credit is the name but I did not ask for quite.

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Re: Leasing Equipment
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2012, 08:20:34 PM »
Only one I know of leasing is this guy they are in Chicago so you know, not sure if it is a good deal or not.

I would call then bright tanks. No option to buy as I see it


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Re: Leasing Equipment
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2012, 05:38:21 AM »
You might be able to lease an existing brewery. One of the local breweries here took over the equipment of a failing brewery and I know they lease the building and I'm pretty sure they are leasing the equipment as well. Not cheap, by any means.
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Re: Leasing Equipment
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Re: Leasing Equipment
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2012, 08:26:14 AM »
Have you onsidered contract brewing?

http://craftbeerusa.blogspot.com/2009/04/contract-brewing.html
There is NO money for you in contract brewing.
Unless you are going to build up a brand up front and then build the brewery.

If you can find alternating proprietorship that might be better proposition.
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Re: Leasing Equipment
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2012, 08:33:18 AM »
Have you onsidered contract brewing?

http://craftbeerusa.blogspot.com/2009/04/contract-brewing.html
There is NO money for you in contract brewing.
Unless you are going to build up a brand up front and then build the brewery.

If you can find alternating proprietorship that might be better proposition.

Isnt that what Jamil does? The alternate proprietorship thing? 

Personally I cant see how either of those would make much sense, Im to much of a control freak to be going back and forth in and out.
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Re: Leasing Equipment
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2012, 09:06:07 AM »
Part of the plan in his alternating proprietorship (or partner brewing or whatever it is), according to Jamil, is to ultimately have his own brewery.  I think he actually had to show that as part of the plan in order to get the AP approved in California.
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Re: Leasing Equipment
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2012, 09:30:24 AM »
Have you onsidered contract brewing?

http://craftbeerusa.blogspot.com/2009/04/contract-brewing.html
There is NO money for you in contract brewing.
Unless you are going to build up a brand up front and then build the brewery.

If you can find alternating proprietorship that might be better proposition.

+1. I have talked to too many contract brewers who say they haven't made a dime. contract brewing really is about marketing than brewing anyway. In fact I think it has very little to do with actual brewing. So you came up with a recipe. Big deal.

The "alternate proprietorship" at least gives you some control over the brewing part.
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Re: Leasing Equipment
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2012, 09:54:41 AM »
Thanks for the replies.  Aside from the concern that contract brewers really don't make a dime (which is quite a valid concern!) its not really an option for me... I am in N. Utah, and there are not a whole lot of options.  There is however an emerging craft beer scene here, though it is IMO greatly underserved and stifled by some tricky state legal issues... most of what we have is a few ok brewpubs, one micro production and a larger micro/brewing cooperative... I am looking to open a 15bbl production brewery and am trying to cut down on the stainless bill with out compromising quality/efficiency - maybe a pipe dream.

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Re: Leasing Equipment
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2012, 11:02:06 AM »
Have you onsidered contract brewing?

http://craftbeerusa.blogspot.com/2009/04/contract-brewing.html
There is NO money for you in contract brewing.
Unless you are going to build up a brand up front and then build the brewery.

If you can find alternating proprietorship that might be better proposition.

+1. I have talked to too many contract brewers who say they haven't made a dime. contract brewing really is about marketing than brewing anyway. In fact I think it has very little to do with actual brewing. So you came up with a recipe. Big deal.

The "alternate proprietorship" at least gives you some control over the brewing part.

Really?  So you're telling me that Mikkeller, Stillwater, and Pretty Things aren't making a dime when they're selling individual bottles for $8 - $20?

I'm not saying that everyone can make money by buying time at another brewery, but it seems like it can be done.
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Re: Leasing Equipment
« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2012, 11:29:50 AM »
I haven't talked to any of those breweries but according to the two I have talked to the money is not there unless you are selling swag..
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Re: Leasing Equipment
« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2012, 12:04:39 PM »
Have you onsidered contract brewing?

http://craftbeerusa.blogspot.com/2009/04/contract-brewing.html
There is NO money for you in contract brewing.
Unless you are going to build up a brand up front and then build the brewery.

If you can find alternating proprietorship that might be better proposition.

+1. I have talked to too many contract brewers who say they haven't made a dime. contract brewing really is about marketing than brewing anyway. In fact I think it has very little to do with actual brewing. So you came up with a recipe. Big deal.

The "alternate proprietorship" at least gives you some control over the brewing part.

Really?  So you're telling me that Mikkeller, Stillwater, and Pretty Things aren't making a dime when they're selling individual bottles for $8 - $20?

I'm not saying that everyone can make money by buying time at another brewery, but it seems like it can be done.

I don't know about Mikkeller or stillwater but Pretty Things doesn't do contract brewing. They do an alternate proprietorship. I don't think the implication was that AP doesn't make money, jsut that CB doesn't
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Re: Leasing Equipment
« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2012, 02:20:17 PM »
I don't know about Mikkeller or stillwater but Pretty Things doesn't do contract brewing. They do an alternate proprietorship. I don't think the implication was that AP doesn't make money, jsut that CB doesn't

Ah, that might be the case for all of them.  I was under the impression that you had some ownership with alternate proprietership, for some reason.  Never mind.

http://ttb.gov/beer/alternating_prop.shtml

Generally, the proprietor of an existing brewery, the “host brewery,” agrees to rent space and equipment to a new “tenant brewer.”  Alternating brewery proprietorships allow existing breweries to use excess capacity and give new entrants to the beer business an opportunity to begin on a small scale, without investing in premises and equipment.
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Re: Leasing Equipment
« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2012, 03:25:05 PM »
Scmaltz Brewery Company started out contracting and was making enough money to expand pretty big.  It looks like they're successful with the Hebrew beer line and the Coney Island beers.
The guy started out wanting a few cases as a gag for presents for relatives and realized there was a minimum batch size of 10 or 15 bbls.
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