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Offline nicneufeld

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Startup beer company idea
« on: March 08, 2010, 01:10:09 PM »
Had a funny idea for a beer related business.  I'm not saying its a good idea as I for one can think of no end of possible pitfalls, both legally and business-related.

Say you don't have a huge amount of initial capital, but you have some cool, dark storage space and enough patience to wait 5 years before starting to earn money...   

Buy a number of cases of the major yearly releases of strong ales and barleywines from the major microbrewers.  Bigfoot, et al.  Do the same the following year, and the next couple.  Register a website and then sell "vertical beer tasting sets".  Say, a Five Year Bigfoot, for, I don't know how to price, maybe $20-$25?  It seems like vertical tastings are very cool amongst the growing populace of beer geeks, and what this would offer is the convenience to those beer geeks who are not patient enough to keep their own stash for years.

Obviously there are things to consider, such as legal roadblocks, shipping across state lines, and all of that, and like a distillery, this is one of those businesses that require one to preconceive demand years in advance, which is a very good trick if one can manage it, and from the state of closing and reopening Scotch distilleries, many don't manage it.

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Re: Startup beer company idea
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2010, 02:07:17 PM »
I like it!

verticalbeer.com is available! ;D

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Re: Startup beer company idea
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2010, 02:56:50 PM »
*seal of approval*
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Re: Startup beer company idea
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2010, 02:28:38 PM »
Coincidentally, I saw this article the other day about cellaring. Your idea seems better than crawling under a house
http://www.latimes.com/features/food/la-fo-beercellar-20100304,0,4735994,full.story

It's such a fine line between stupid and clever.

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Re: Startup beer company idea
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2010, 02:55:47 PM »
Well, somebody with more ambition and drive and money than me, feel free to take said idea and run with it, with my blessing.