What to consider when opening a brewery?
March 14, 2007 10:20 AM Subscribe
I think my town could support a microbrewery. Where do I start? What are some considerations?
posted by Telf to work & money (13 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I live in Gainesville FL, the home of the University of Florida. UF has somewhere in the neighborhood of 50k students. We have a fairly beer-savvy community. Between the students, the townies, the grads that never leave and the alumni that come every football season, this town loves beer. We have pubs that feature 200+ beers. We have multiple stores that carry rare american craft and microbrews, many people drink belgian ales, one pub has a belgian on tap. We have an active homebrewing club and a successful home brewing supply shop. There are 2 brew pubs (If you count Hops as one).
I have NOT dug into the legislation yet, obviously that should be my first priority. How do I even start that? Where do I go?
Ignoring laws for one second, what else do I need to consider? I'm on pretty good terms with a number of local restaurant owners, I think I could get some start up money. How do I create a business plan, where do I get the "numbers" from? Is there a resource for getting information on similar projects/businesses?
Though I'd eventually like to run a pub of some sort, I'm imagining a straight brewery that distributes to local stores and bars.
I haven't decided whether bottling or kegging is the way to go, I imagine that bottles would lead to easier distribution. I'd want to minimize initial costs and just focus on one method or another.
Help me flesh out my hazy ideas or point me in the direction of some good resources.
Finally, I don't think this will work unless I can put out a bottle that is at least as cheap as Sam Adams to the consumer. What scale would I have to reach to begin making beer rather cheap/profitable. I'd like to be able to compete with common premium beers sold at most restaurants.