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Re: A Very Portland Brewery (With a Food Cart for a Tasting Room)
« Reply #15 on: June 08, 2015, 01:18:28 PM »
If you are going to start a brewery you need to understand that if you want to make any money you have to have a lot of volume. If you don't produce and sell a lot of beer you won't be making any money and you will be sustaining a hobby not a business.

This reminds me of a quote from one of Jamil's podcasts:

"Remember, you aren't in the beer making business, you are in the beer selling business."

That line really struck a chord with me.

Our business philosophy is: "The most important thing besides the quality of the beer, is those who sell and promote our beer." Quality has to come first for many reasons, but the main reason is we want the people who sell and promote our beer to be proud of the product they sell and promote.

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Re: A Very Portland Brewery (With a Food Cart for a Tasting Room)
« Reply #16 on: June 08, 2015, 02:00:42 PM »
Also how do you expect to be successful at it if you want to do it only part time?

This is one thing I wonder about when I  see or hear about people running a brewery part time. You have to be either in or out. Or you have to be willing to pay someone to be all the way in. You can not run a successful brewery on the side in your spare time (if by "successful you mean "profitable".)

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Re: A Very Portland Brewery (With a Food Cart for a Tasting Room)
« Reply #17 on: June 08, 2015, 03:18:18 PM »
Also how do you expect to be successful at it if you want to do it only part time?

This is one thing I wonder about when I  see or hear about people running a brewery part time. You have to be either in or out. Or you have to be willing to pay someone to be all the way in. You can not run a successful brewery on the side in your spare time (if by "successful you mean "profitable".)

I did a summer of working fulltime at a job and the brewery fulltime about killed me. I do not recommend that, also if you have a small system like a 3bbl you will be brewing a lot, leaving you little time for other things that have to be done at the brewery.  I happy to say we have no debt except for our building but I know we are the exception not the rule in the brewing business. That will change when we get bigger equipment and larger building.
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Re: A Very Portland Brewery (With a Food Cart for a Tasting Room)
« Reply #18 on: June 08, 2015, 03:19:50 PM »
This reminds me of a quote from one of Jamil's podcasts:

"Remember, you aren't in the beer making business, you are in the beer selling business."

That line really struck a chord with me.

Something too few who imagine opening a brewery seem to think of, huh?  Making beer is easy...selling beer is hard.
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Re: A Very Portland Brewery (With a Food Cart for a Tasting Room)
« Reply #19 on: June 09, 2015, 03:32:40 PM »
If I was 31 and coming into a hundred grand to invest, I would invest it in the stock market.

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Re: A Very Portland Brewery (With a Food Cart for a Tasting Room)
« Reply #20 on: June 09, 2015, 08:13:50 PM »
If I was 31 and coming into a hundred grand to invest, I would invest it in the stock market.

Or something that might make money. 8)
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Re: A Very Portland Brewery (With a Food Cart for a Tasting Room)
« Reply #21 on: June 26, 2015, 12:43:36 PM »
If I was 31 and coming into a hundred grand to invest, I would invest it in the stock market.

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Re: A Very Portland Brewery (With a Food Cart for a Tasting Room)
« Reply #22 on: June 26, 2015, 05:16:45 PM »
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