Best of luck on your new endeavor. It takes courage and skill to rescue a brewery. In my experience, you'll know in 6 to 12 months if it's going to work out. And never be afraid to throw in the towel if you don't get cooperation and support from ownership.
Keep us posted. 🍺
Thanks man. So far it has been a struggle. The previous brewer really, really made a mess of the place. This guy aded a junction in the glycol loop but used pipe dope instead of glue to weld the junctions.Not sure how anyone does that... so stupid. Had three of them blow over the course of three weeks. It was impossible to know without replacing the entire loop that they weren't glued. The plumber told when the second one blew he was going to have to replace the whole thing if it blew again ... and then it blew again at the third link in the junction. I convinced him that it was only not glued at that particular junction and he fixed it and it has held since -- after we wasted $1000 worth of glycol.
Then, the pipe dope floating around in the system fouled the solenoids so had to take each of those apart and clean. Didn't find this out until I had filled three tanks and the glycol was just bypassing the solenoids crashing everything. It was a nightmare but I finally managed to get two beers out of the tanks, into packaged and shipped. So finally, after months of bad leadership and incompetence, revenue coming in.
Unfortunately the previous brewer ignored the core brands and loaded the disrto up with his beers. These beers aren't selling so the distro has beer just sitting in the warehouse but had run out of the core brands until last week. Slots on the grocery store shelves have gone dry and taps at bars and restaurants have dried up. So we most likely lost shelf space and taps. There's no sales rep so guess I'll be hitting the streets to sell beer. Also working hard to reassure the distributor that things are different now and production is back on pace.
On top of all this there is a beautiful tap house in downtown Huntsville but no one was cleaning the tap lines. That was the very first thing I did and the lines were disgusting. Looked like jellyfish coming out of there. Absolutely horrifying. So that place is hemorrhaging money and mostly dead. Working on ways to fix that but it is going to take time to convince anyone to come back in there.
I told the owner it was going to take me 4 months to get the beer fixed and so far he is doing most of the right things. But there is outstanding debt that is going to be challenging to fix without a loan and so far there has been no loan. He is covering pay roll every two weeks, at least, so that helps a lot.
So we shall see! We are putting a restaurant in the down town location that will be run by experienced restaurant people so that should help hit the reset button down there.