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Re: So you want to be a brewer
« Reply #60 on: July 22, 2013, 07:48:58 AM »
The element that I see most often neglected is that most small start ups that actually turn profitable don't just do beer, they do food too.  And they do it well.

Sure, but that involves a restaurant, which is a different animal. You better have a good chef and you better have a good , experienced manager. I'm not seeing a profitable brewpub starting under 250K, though.
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Re: So you want to be a brewer
« Reply #61 on: July 25, 2013, 02:14:00 PM »
So I did all that the article said. I pulled a 12 hour day just yesterday and sweated my ass off in the brewhouse after a couple hours of cleaning brite tanks and a beer transfer. I do understand the appeal of brewing beer and getting paid for it. The first day all you do is keg and stack kegs, you will know if you are cut out for being a pro. The up side is i am getting in great shape, I get free beer (that I made), and I get satisfaction from talking with the male homebrew groupies. To sum it up, Brewing is glamourous, the rest of the s*** that is involved isn't and you never hear anyone talk about it. Just keep the office job, kegs weigh 160 lbs when they are full. You can get a lot of the same results from homebrewing. Plus, then you are the brewmaster!

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Re: So you want to be a brewer
« Reply #62 on: July 30, 2013, 09:27:39 AM »
Great discussion. Good points all the way around. I'm a home brewer. That's it. When some one likes my beer and pays me a compliment, I smile and thank them. I have a ton of respect for anyone with the guts to start their own business. Any business. Would I work in a brewery if I just got to play with the equipment, create recipes and flap my gums about beer all day? Hell, yeah! Who wouldn't? But I'm sure there's a lot more than that...see all the comments above.

So, you guys that have the drive, talent, resources...Thanks! I appreciate the effort and I'll  come by and buy a pint.

Oh, and thanks for the feedback on volunteers. I met a guy who is opening a brewery with tap room and a HBS. I was going to offer to "help." I want him to succeed. He's :30 minutes closer than my current LHBS. Maybe I'll reconsider.
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Re: So you want to be a brewer
« Reply #63 on: July 31, 2013, 10:25:46 AM »
I am 32, but with no kids in site. Not until the wife finishes up her degree at least. I recently found some commercial property for a good price with a 4 bed 3 bath apartment attached which I could rent out that would be perfect to start. I am also convinced that I can be successful at anything I really put my mind to, but there in lies the problem. I am not 100% sure I could handle it. Without quiting the day job, I could still produce enough beer in the beginning, but it would come to a point where I would have to quit. By that point, the financial still don't quite make sense. I will still be trying to pay off everything while having just said goodbye to most of my income. I think I am stuck waiting for that lottery ticket or wealthy long lost relative that just so happens to think I deserve their vast fortune to pass.

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Re: So you want to be a brewer
« Reply #64 on: September 26, 2013, 11:41:04 AM »
Good article. A lot like starting a restaurant or being a working, as opposed to TV, chef. Lots of long hard hours. I've done the chef thing...loved it but when I was ready to stuff an associate manager into the steamer one Sunday morning I went back to IT. Still cook, a lot, and recently started the homebrew "hobby". I'm thinking this "hobby" will get out of control like my BBQ fetish did a few years back and I got inot competition...burned out after 5 years and now just cook and que for fun! Working in beer, bbq, or other service/food industries is hard, hot, dangerous, and some of the most rewarding work you can ever do...but it's not for everyone that gets a compliment on the beer/food. Again, good article.

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Re: So you want to be a brewer
« Reply #65 on: September 26, 2013, 11:50:51 AM »
Good article. A lot like starting a restaurant or being a working, as opposed to TV, chef. Lots of long hard hours. I've done the chef thing...loved it but when I was ready to stuff an associate manager into the steamer one Sunday morning I went back to IT. Still cook, a lot, and recently started the homebrew "hobby". I'm thinking this "hobby" will get out of control like my BBQ fetish did a few years back and I got inot competition...burned out after 5 years and now just cook and que for fun! Working in beer, bbq, or other service/food industries is hard, hot, dangerous, and some of the most rewarding work you can ever do...but it's not for everyone that gets a compliment on the beer/food. Again, good article.

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Re: So you want to be a brewer
« Reply #66 on: September 30, 2013, 02:46:18 PM »
I am 32, but with no kids in site. Not until the wife finishes up her degree at least. I recently found some commercial property for a good price with a 4 bed 3 bath apartment attached which I could rent out that would be perfect to start. I am also convinced that I can be successful at anything I really put my mind to, but there in lies the problem. I am not 100% sure I could handle it. Without quiting the day job, I could still produce enough beer in the beginning, but it would come to a point where I would have to quit. By that point, the financial still don't quite make sense. I will still be trying to pay off everything while having just said goodbye to most of my income. I think I am stuck waiting for that lottery ticket or wealthy long lost relative that just so happens to think I deserve their vast fortune to pass.

The TTB gives extra scrutiny to attached residences.  They will approve, but it's a tougher hurdle.  My wife and I are doing the hobby brewer thing.  We brew about 2bbls a week, and sell it all.  And we make a little money at it, but no way can we quite our day jobs.  We are working on a taproom, and unless the gvt shuts down tonight, should have the modified floor plan approved.  But the we have to staff it, and that just adds more complexity to life.   

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Re: So you want to be a brewer
« Reply #67 on: October 02, 2013, 07:05:18 AM »
I am 32, but with no kids in site. Not until the wife finishes up her degree at least. I recently found some commercial property for a good price with a 4 bed 3 bath apartment attached which I could rent out that would be perfect to start. I am also convinced that I can be successful at anything I really put my mind to, but there in lies the problem. I am not 100% sure I could handle it. Without quiting the day job, I could still produce enough beer in the beginning, but it would come to a point where I would have to quit. By that point, the financial still don't quite make sense. I will still be trying to pay off everything while having just said goodbye to most of my income. I think I am stuck waiting for that lottery ticket or wealthy long lost relative that just so happens to think I deserve their vast fortune to pass.

The TTB gives extra scrutiny to attached residences.  They will approve, but it's a tougher hurdle.  My wife and I are doing the hobby brewer thing.  We brew about 2bbls a week, and sell it all.  And we make a little money at it, but no way can we quite our day jobs.  We are working on a taproom, and unless the gvt shuts down tonight, should have the modified floor plan approved.  But the we have to staff it, and that just adds more complexity to life.   

So it can/should be pointed out that the shutdown has closed the TTB for approval of labels and permits.
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Re: So you want to be a brewer
« Reply #68 on: October 02, 2013, 07:32:27 AM »
No one to enforce the selling of unlicensed beer.   Everyone over to my house, $3 pints!

If the state asks, it's a private club for bearded men only.
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Re: So you want to be a brewer
« Reply #69 on: October 02, 2013, 08:08:27 AM »
No one to enforce the selling of unlicensed beer.   Everyone over to my house, $3 pints!

If the state asks, it's a private club for bearded men only.

On the flipside, no one to process and approve Brewers Notices right now, which does not make me happy. >:(
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Re: So you want to be a brewer
« Reply #70 on: October 02, 2013, 08:37:26 AM »
No one to enforce the selling of unlicensed beer.   Everyone over to my house, $3 pints!

If the state asks, it's a private club for bearded men only.

On the flipside, no one to process and approve Brewers Notices right now, which does not make me happy. >:(

Yep, we've got a revised floor plan and new trade name application in.  Both were at Managers Disposition.  Floor plan is no big deal, but we could sure use that new trade name.  uuggghhhh

 

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Re: So you want to be a brewer
« Reply #71 on: October 02, 2013, 09:31:45 AM »
No one to enforce the selling of unlicensed beer.   Everyone over to my house, $3 pints!

If the state asks, it's a private club for bearded men only.

On the flipside, no one to process and approve Brewers Notices right now, which does not make me happy. >:(

It's a harsh reality. I really didn't think the shutdown would occur. Hope they can get this thing worked out real soon.
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Re: So you want to be a brewer
« Reply #72 on: October 02, 2013, 03:11:34 PM »
I can not submit my label for another can.
I guess I will wait.

I will go for party of bearded men.
I will fit in.
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Re: So you want to be a brewer
« Reply #73 on: October 02, 2013, 03:43:50 PM »
I kinda like it. Its so rare that libertarians get their dream come true, even though I know it won't last.

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Re: So you want to be a brewer
« Reply #74 on: October 02, 2013, 04:51:05 PM »
I kinda like it. Its so rare that libertarians get their dream come true, even though I know it won't last.

Ha...this made me laugh.   ;D
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