Just looked back at your OP Weaze, and it looks like maybe you have one big advantage here which is that you have a business minded person who is encouraging you and it sounds like wants to be involved on that side of things. If he's got the money to bankroll you on this, and it isn't OLD money, one would assume he knows what he is doing. I might also suggest a book called 'Beer School' by Steve Hindy. It's about the Brooklyn Brewery and their experience as a start up brewery. Good read with a lot of info in this direction.
I was recently listening to NPR and they were talking about the importance of failure. Basically failure is good becuase it means you are trying things and there is rarely any success without trying things, thus rarely any success without failure. If someone else is making the financial risks all you have to lose is your time. Which is, needless to say, valuable but at least won't land you in the poor house (but just might land you in the pour house, pardon the pun)
Also, a lesson from Beer School, make sure you have a good contract with your money guy.