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cbrown0531:
Hello everyone, my wonderful wife got me a membership here for Christmas. I have been brewing for a while now and really, really enjoy it. I enjoy it so much so, that it has inundated our pantry and the fridge is generally full of some home brew or room is being made to store some. I have read several books on getting into the brew business and I feel my calling. However...I will finish out my career in the military first. With that, I am still looking at another 10 or so years until I can grow up and even consider this (NOTE: I am aware I cant walk out of this job and open a Nano or anything like that there are milestones in my brain I wont bore you with right now). My burning thought is what is your (the brewing community) thoughts on business over the next 10 years? We have seen an explosion over the last five or so, but what does it look like in the medium term? Has this been looked into yet or is it too soon?
I reassure myself that it will turn out well and there will still be a demand for good beer (a longshot?), but there is a reality to it and as I prepare my medium and long term goals I want to do it with some educated guessing. Thanks and happy brewing!

PS: First post here, looking forward to more discussions!

tygo:
Welcome to the forum!  Take a look through this thread:  http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=14258.0

dak0415:

--- Quote from: cbrown0531 on January 03, 2013, 03:22:26 PM ---Hello everyone, my wonderful wife got me a membership here for Christmas. I have been brewing for a while now and really, really enjoy it. I enjoy it so much so, that it has inundated our pantry and the fridge is generally full of some home brew or room is being made to store some. I have read several books on getting into the brew business and I feel my calling. However...I will finish out my career in the military first. With that, I am still looking at another 10 or so years until I can grow up and even consider this (NOTE: I am aware I cant walk out of this job and open a Nano or anything like that there are milestones in my brain I wont bore you with right now). My burning thought is what is your (the brewing community) thoughts on business over the next 10 years? We have seen an explosion over the last five or so, but what does it look like in the medium term? Has this been looked into yet or is it too soon?
I reassure myself that it will turn out well and there will still be a demand for good beer (a longshot?), but there is a reality to it and as I prepare my medium and long term goals I want to do it with some educated guessing. Thanks and happy brewing!

PS: First post here, looking forward to more discussions!

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First of all, thank you for your service!
Where are you stationed?  It might be worth your while to "volunteer" your services to a local micro just to see what working as a brewer is like.

micsager:
+1 on the thank you.  It's folks like you that make this country great.

As for the future of the small brewery market?  Whe the F knows.  Some have started to talk about an upcoming contraction.  Others say there is plenty of room for yet another brewery.  I would think most depend on your desired geography.  And in 10 years, everything we know today could certainly change. 

WE opened a samll brewery last year, and are already tripling capacity next month.  Of course that's from 10 gallons, to 1bbl, so we are still very small.  It's just a hobby for us.  A hobby that does pay for itself.  The only downside is I can't enter BJCP competitions anymore.  Well, at least until I get that new system, then I "think" I can still use the old system for competitions. 

snowtiger87:
First of all - get good at brewing. Are you brewing all-grain yet? Real recipe development doesn't start until you brew all-grain. If not, get into it. Are you kegging yet? Are you entering contests (and winning a few) yet? If not, start entering.

Lastly, I got back from Afghanistan this August. Thanks for your service as well. Brew on brother-in-arms.

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