First-time poster, so..ignore me?
I guess I'm questioning the "anti-vanity project" aspect of "don't do it". Because that's exactly what I'm in the process of doing, and I'm curious as to what response you guys/gals have. I guess I should also qualify that I am within 5 years of retiring, and don't need to depend on an income from my prospective brewing activities. The first couple of years is basically just having a "ridiculously unnecessary bar" for friends and family to spend time at.
I own a brick building built in the mid 1800's in a small town of 200 people. Square footage available to my brewing activities is approximately 2,500 sq ft. 1,000 for brewery activities and 1500 for taproom. County population is about 50,000 people. The town has two festivals during the year, that each bring in a few thousand attendees. One is geared towards adult motorcyclists, the other towards families. The town is also along a very popular cross-state bicycle path, with hundreds of travelers passing per day during the spring/summer/fall seasons.
"City" and County zoning are a non-issue. I will literally just pay them for a business license and liquor license. The state is slightly more interested, but they have seemed very helpful and agreeable to my plan. Total license fees for all entities are going to run under $1,000/year.
The building is mine, there is no payment for it, it was just something I wanted to own, so I bought it. Yes, some infrastructure changes are required, but again, I can afford them.
I am looking at having a 1-bbl system that I would brew one or two days per week. Yes, that's only 50-100 bbls per year production. But with limited overhead like that, why can't I just serve ~1bbl per weekend while hanging out with locals/travelers "reminiscing about the old times" and making a few thousand bucks a year?
Is all the "anti-vanity" stuff because you're not going to make enough to justify the hours put in, so the cost vs. rewards for someone younger isn't there?
Also, let's just say that I'm "uncomfortably close" to 200 gallons per year just inside the house...FWIW...