One small step, one giant leap, as it were. Thanks to the lack of regulations around my neck of the woods, opening a brewery has been as easy as filling out a form online. No health department visits, no filing with authorities for license to sell (that's only for places where you have open containers), only getting a business ID and paying a couple hundred euros to join the appropriate society/guild thing. Still waiting on supply deliveries, but my first production runs have already been 'spoken for' by a pub and a beer shop. No distribution laws here either, btw, I can just show up and sell it. Also planning on selling from my house. Anyway! I have the following clients:
1. this pub (l'Express de Lyon) http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Gare+de+l%27est,+Paris,+France&hl=en&ll=48.84592,2.37235&spn=0.002588,0.008256&sll=48.847748,2.374157&sspn=0.002503,0.008256&vpsrc=6&t=m&z=18&layer=c&cbll=48.846066,2.372277&panoid=w14GSAyPVXIRqv_Z0juZ4A&cbp=12,241.96,,1,7.03
- it's across the street from Gare de Lyon and gets a huge amount of traffic. He's getting 2 30 liter kegs as a market test, american IPA featuring centennial hops, beer's called "Lafayette Escadrille."
2. the best beer shop in Paris, Cave a Bulles (http://caveabulles.fr/
) - he's getting a couple cases of 33cl Chesty Puller (Classic american Pilsner, of course)
3. Not finalized, but I'm working with the chateau across the street to do a special edition hyper-local biere de garde featuring hops we found growing wild on the grounds, and lagered in the on-site "Glaciere" what is basically the French version of a lager cave.
Not making a profit by any means but right now I'm just doing market feasibility. Thankfully the easiest way to do that in France is to just start the business, seeing as I already have everything I need to do this, save the 30L kegs which I am waiting on.
Many thanks to TonyP who hooked me up with some awesome graphics work.