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Re: Let's Talk Tap Lists of our Imaginary Breweries
« Reply #30 on: January 23, 2017, 05:50:52 PM »
Im in san diego so im a bit heavy on ipa's

You say that like it's a bad thing.  You might be the most commercially successful of any of the imaginary breweries!

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Re: Let's Talk Tap Lists of our Imaginary Breweries
« Reply #31 on: January 24, 2017, 03:31:37 AM »
I generally have 6 on tap almost all the time - and they stay somewhat consistent....  I try to cover everything I like to drink as well as folks that tend to frequent my basement.

1 - 6% type American IPA
2 - Blonde Ale
3 - Bo-Pils/Helles/Kolsch type
4 - Porter/Brown Ale/Schwarzbier/Dark Lager type
5 - American Amber/American Pale Ale/Maybe a second IPA
6 - Session beer - Scottish 60-70/Ordinary Bitter/Dark Mild

I  also usually have some Saisons that I bottle.  Some bottled with Brett C, some without.

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Re: Let's Talk Tap Lists of our Imaginary Breweries
« Reply #32 on: January 24, 2017, 05:17:25 AM »
Imperial Brewpub

Imperial Pale Ale
Imperial Lager
Imperial Stout

If there's no Imperial Session IPA, I'm not interested.
I hate the term session! Would crushable be ok?

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Re: Let's Talk Tap Lists of our Imaginary Breweries
« Reply #33 on: January 24, 2017, 05:51:27 AM »
I just opened a very small brewery. Our first day we had 3 taps. A 3.8% session IPA a 3.8% saison and a 5% oatmeal stout. Since then I added a special bitter, IPA, stronger saison and dosed the stout with cold brew coffee. I have a Berliner Weisse on deck.

It's funny what is popular. Basically whatever is the new release and the IPA.

I am going to get in to some more experimental stuff in the near future adding in a small barrel project.

I am in a small town that is still moving in to a craft beer culture so I am hoping to educate along the way. That way I get to brew the beer I want to drink and sell it as well.

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Re: Let's Talk Tap Lists of our Imaginary Breweries
« Reply #34 on: January 24, 2017, 05:52:14 AM »
Best of luck to you Troy!  Are you brewing on premise or off?


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Re: Let's Talk Tap Lists of our Imaginary Breweries
« Reply #35 on: January 24, 2017, 03:35:49 PM »
I get asked by friends and acquaintances all the time if I'd ever open a brewery. My answer is always "hell, no", because the last thing I'd want is to turn my hobby that I do for relaxation into a business that I run to keep a roof over my family's head.

That said, I've often had the thought that if I had to do it, I'd do something unique to set myself apart. In particular, I'd follow a brewpub model, but I'd go with a Viking theme and make it a meadery instead. The tap list would be mainly carbonated hydromels in the vein of Zombie Killer from B. Nektar, plus a few guest taps from local breweries. There would be a couple of moderate-strength, bottled options for wine drinkers, and a sweet dessert-wine style mead or two. Plus, some non-alcoholic, honey-based beverages for the kids.

Of course, with the price of honey you'd likely go bankrupt with a "Meadhall and Grill" business model. But it would be cool...
I have a similar thought. My experience working in restaurants makes me realistic about starting a brewery: I am not interested in the long hours, hard work, and low pay. And the market is pretty saturated.
I do daydream about opening a meadery with a restaurant even though I know better. I think I could really step up the food offerings over the typical offerings though. I have a lot of experience making things that a lot of places buy from outside like bread, sausage, pretzels, pickles, kim chi, etc. We also have a ton of local farms. So my fantasy is a large selection of meads, some good local beer and cider as well as a small selection of craft cocktails and really great, simple food all homemade and featuring fresh seasonal ingredients. No tomatoes in January. The vibe would be funky and bohemian but rural which suits where I live. It would feature my wife's art work. No TV's but games to play available.
That's the fantasy but I don't want the work and upfront cost. I could see consulting on such an endeavor.
In reality I am checking out if I can fit a meadery into the Massachusetts Farmer Winery law. If so I could start small with a little retail store and most importantly the right to self distribute and sell at farmers markets. Between the Boston/Cambridge area and the Amherst/Northampton area there are lot of foodies who would pay good money. I am already hoping to build a building on our property that would be a commercial kitchen with a brewery/meadery and art studio just to get our pursuits out of our living space.  I would also expand my apiary and use a lot of our own honey. Mead has advantages over brewing beer commercially: less competition but a growing market, less labor, cheaper equipment, more stable shelf life, and higher per unit retail price. The idea is build slow while working then if it works go full time then decide to sell it or hire someone to run it when I want to fully retire.
Anyway, to the original question:
Mild
Bitter/ESB
APA
NEIPA
German Lager
Bopils
Farmhouse
Berliner Weiss
Porters (rotate styles)
Stout (rotate styles)
Patersbier
Dubbel
I would serve a big porter with a smaller stout and vice versa.
« Last Edit: January 24, 2017, 03:39:00 PM by pete b »
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Re: Let's Talk Tap Lists of our Imaginary Breweries
« Reply #36 on: January 24, 2017, 03:38:51 PM »
Super interesting reply, Pete!

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Re: Let's Talk Tap Lists of our Imaginary Breweries
« Reply #37 on: January 25, 2017, 02:58:49 AM »
Loved reading this. Here's mine:
1. Naww, maybe I'll just come over and drink all of yours!

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Re: Let's Talk Tap Lists of our Imaginary Breweries
« Reply #38 on: January 25, 2017, 03:11:40 AM »
Seriously now, my dream would be a German-style brewpub. Especially featuring serving wenches in durdinals(sp?)
Taplist:
Kolsch
Altbier and a Stickealt
Vienna
Marzen
Bock
Swartzbier
then to mix it up:
Irish Red
Porter
Tropical Stout
And:
RyeCentennial PA
American Amber- basically Denny's Waldo Lake Amber
American Brown- made with maple sap
Imperial Red PA
Gunslinger Cranberry Graf
American Wheat that lends itself to fruit additions

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Re: Let's Talk Tap Lists of our Imaginary Breweries
« Reply #39 on: January 25, 2017, 03:52:26 AM »
I guess it's still imaginary...
http://www.cedarislandbrewing.com/beer-list/



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Re: Let's Talk Tap Lists of our Imaginary Breweries
« Reply #40 on: January 25, 2017, 05:11:05 AM »
Best of luck to you Troy!  Are you brewing on premise or off?

There is a 1.5 bbl brewery on premise with a tap room attached. Luckily Washington State is pretty liberal in its regulation of microbreweries and allows retail sales out of the production brewery.

We are just a few weeks in, but the people are actually trading their hard-earned dollars for a product that I made, in a tasting room that we built. It feels pretty great.

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Re: Let's Talk Tap Lists of our Imaginary Breweries
« Reply #41 on: January 25, 2017, 12:20:08 PM »
I guess it's still imaginary...
http://www.cedarislandbrewing.com/beer-list/



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Whoa, nice!  How soon?
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Re: Let's Talk Tap Lists of our Imaginary Breweries
« Reply #42 on: January 25, 2017, 12:34:15 PM »
I guess it's still imaginary...
http://www.cedarislandbrewing.com/beer-list/

Cool!  I don't come to the cities often but next time I do (maybe in 2018), I'll see if I can trek up there.  Making a note of it.
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Re: Let's Talk Tap Lists of our Imaginary Breweries
« Reply #43 on: January 25, 2017, 12:39:19 PM »
I guess it's still imaginary...
http://www.cedarislandbrewing.com/beer-list/



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Whoa, nice!  How soon?
I didn't get that that was yours at first. Very cool, congratulations!
You should heavily advertise that you are a low oxygen brewery and put fake oxygen tanks and masks everywhere and big signs telling customers to take oxygen if they feel faint.
Don't let the bastards cheer you up.

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Re: Let's Talk Tap Lists of our Imaginary Breweries
« Reply #44 on: January 25, 2017, 03:29:55 PM »
Hah, thanks all..


Here is my Home Tap list.