2) check with city/county what they need from you (very important).I'm in NC, so I know things will be a little different than WI, but what kind of things did the city/county need from you with regard to zoning and building requirements? Did you have to get a zoning variance? Did they require sprinkler coverage in the building? What about your water and sewer requirements? Parking? ADA compliance?
7) If you are brewpub health department license if you are production brewery agg department food manufacturer license.
You know, if it weren't for government, starting a brewery wouldn't be as hard. My goal is to start as a production brewery. Running a restaurant adds another massive level of complexity that I would rather not deal with. Who did the inspection of the equipment? Was it the building dept, health/ag dept or both?
Opening a brewery is not just brewing. You have to be accountant, salesperson and anything in between.
Brewing beer is easy.
Selling beer is hard.
I relish the challenge.
Thanks. I'm sure to need all the luck I can make.
I can answer some of these questions:
Re zoning. Would have been a lot cheaper in county. ADA compliance was not an issue once we explained thing (they tried to make it one). Sewer required an expensive interceptor to keep glass.yeast/grain out of city sewer. Parking wasn't an issue for us.
Re: Inspectors. I was really worried about getting my equipment inspected since it was all home spun/frankenstein/rigged together. But it was no issue at all. First of all, these people know nothing about brewing. So that's not a worry. They will tell you that you can not have a mash paddle or any utensils unless you have a 3 bay cleaning/sanitizing sink (one large enogh for a mash paddle will be quite expensive.) They also made us hang very expensive, non explosive, food grade lights.
The building inspector made us build a grain room with explosive proof walls, explosive proof lights/outlets. That was also expensive. they also made us remove a large interior part of the building.
Hope that helps.