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« on: January 02, 2010, 09:44:03 PM »
how far do you want to take your brewing career?  What goals do you have as a brewer? i personally want to open a brew pub in my hometown it would kill
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Re: aspirations
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2010, 06:32:32 AM »
I would love to go pro but the student loans for my current career (veterinarian) cost way to much for me to afford on a brewer's salary right now  :-[

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Re: aspirations
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2010, 06:52:07 AM »
I plan to retire or at least work part time withing the next 5 years. I'd like to pick up a job at one of the 3 local brew pubs in my area.

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Re: aspirations
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2010, 08:23:15 AM »
I've already ruined 2 hobbies I loved (music and computers) by turning them into careers.  All I want out of homebrewing is to make great beer and enjoy it with great friends.
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Re: aspirations
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2010, 10:13:08 AM »
I've already ruined 2 hobbies I loved (music and computers) by turning them into careers.  All I want out of homebrewing is to make great beer and enjoy it with great friends.

I totally agree. Once it becomes work the fun is no longer there.
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Re: aspirations
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2010, 10:13:42 AM »
I think that I got into it too late or I would have likely done something in brewing. At this point I have the wife, 2 kids, 2 dogs, a house, etc, etc. Not sure I can rewrite my career path at this point. :-\

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Re: aspirations
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2010, 10:25:36 AM »
I would love to start a microbrewery, but I understand the start-up costs to be pretty high. I have heard figures in the 2-3 million range for a decent start. I would need to find investors. Then it becomes location, location and location. Not to mention the fact that one has to brew fantastic beer and that's the fun part.
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Re: aspirations
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2010, 06:00:39 PM »
There is something to be said about it being just a hobby. You don't have to do it and you can set your own pace. The only way I can see myself brewing for living is if a lot of things are paid and I don't need to make much money. I'm not much of a risk taker. So going out on a limb and opening a brewing business is out of the question for me.

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Re: aspirations
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2010, 06:13:46 PM »
I plan to retire or at least work part time within the next 5 years. I'd like to pick up a job at one of the 3 local brew pubs in my area.

Ditto!   ;D
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Re: aspirations
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2010, 07:57:04 PM »
to what denney said i agree with you but for me cooking was my biggest hobby and i made it my career and love it some people can make work pleasure for them i suppose
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Re: aspirations
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2010, 08:42:20 AM »
I plan to retire or at least work part time withing the next 5 years. I'd like to pick up a job at one of the 3 local brew pubs in my area.

This sounds like a pretty sweet plan!  Opening a brewpub is a retirement dream, but just a dream while I have a young family, mortgage and 15 to 20 years left in my current career.  Plus, the small town I live in would probably not support it - the University town 15 minutes away - maybe.  Working at someone else's brewpub part-time (30 minutes away) - Brilliant!

Really, what I'd prefer to do would be to buy about ~20 acres outside of town and have a little hobby farm and hop ranch.  I'd keep the brewing as a hobby.  ;D
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Re: aspirations
« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2010, 09:21:39 AM »
to what denney said i agree with you but for me cooking was my biggest hobby and i made it my career and love it some people can make work pleasure for them i suppose

I loved the studio 28 years ago when I started it.  I still really enjoy studio work, but I HATE running a business!
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Re: aspirations
« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2010, 11:12:07 AM »
to what denney said i agree with you but for me cooking was my biggest hobby and i made it my career and love it some people can make work pleasure for them i suppose

I loved the studio 28 years ago when I started it.  I still really enjoy studio work, but I HATE running a business!

This is my biggest fear about making brewing my career.  I'd love to own a brewpub, but I know nothing about running a restaurant, but realize the restaurant has to be strong enough to support the brewery until (and if) the customers start coming for the beer first and food second.

One day when I no longer have mortgage payments or have nightmares about kids tuition fees, I might feel differntly.  The hop ranch still sounds more fun - and maybe a cottage meadery.
Andy

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Re: aspirations
« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2010, 11:22:26 AM »
My goal is to open a brewpub in my wife's area in France.  She has a brother who is a chef and caterer, he just retired from his "day" job and is looking for something to do.  Since he has the business already set up it would be a lot easier for me to just have to deal with the brewing part.  My BIL the farmer could plant 20 acres of hops for me, he already grows 2-row barley and wheat. But how realistic is this, I have no idea. 
I'd really just rather be brewing in sunny Carlsbad New Mexico

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Re: aspirations
« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2010, 11:30:04 AM »
Really, what I'd prefer to do would be to buy about ~20 acres outside of town and have a little hobby farm and hop ranch.  I'd keep the brewing as a hobby.  ;D

This is what I want.