5.05.2009

Beer Bits 2 readers I have a question...

What would you say if I said I wanted to start a brewery? I've been researching it a bit and I have to say it seems doable. This is from a guy who hasn't even tried all grain yet.

So what do you think about it?

9 comments:

GISBREWMASTER said...

I would say you probably should send me a bunch of samples so I could tell you probable rate of success! Then I would probably say remember its no longer a fun hobby it becomes work but if you love it go for it.

GISBREWMASTER

Velky Al said...

Go for it! However, think about who you be selling your beer to. I am thinking about starting something very small to begin with when I get to the States, and have already started thinkin about how to get my beer out there.

Having a good product is one thing, putting it in the hands of paying customers is something else.

kmudrick said...

Read Flying Fish's business lessons: http://www.flyingfish.com/fishtales/business1.cfm

Good luck I guess. Seems the space is getting more and more crowded - what would set your beer apart from the rest?

Adam said...

GISBrewmaster, quality control is a very important aspect of a brewery ;-) I've thought about that hobby to work thing. Jury is still out.

Velky Al, I understand. I do understand there's lots I don't know.

Thank you for your insight and encouragement :-)

Adam said...

Kmudrick, Checking it out now. Thanks.

Not sure what would set it apart yet. Regarding crowded market, well I guess I really have to understand what market I'm interested in. Hell, I have to understand what markets are out there.

kmudrick said...

By crowded market, I mean a decade ago it seems like there were far fewer craft breweries, so there was more wiggle room when struggling with things. Nowadays there is so much competition.

I think Sam from DFH has a book on the business side of starting up a brewery too. The Mad Fermentationist might have reviewed it recently. I think his initial setup was crazy too - he was doing several 15 gallon batches a day by hand!

Adam said...

kmurdick, I hear ya. I understand what you mean by crowded market now. It got me thinking about my local market vs. something bigger.

Could a local brewery exist and differentiate itself enough to coexist among the other brands that get distributed regionally and even nationally. I'm thinking that there's room for something local, but, I guess its just an uneducated opinion right now.

This brings up the topic of. Who will buy my beer? Just craft beer geeks and some locals or would I have to get space on taps at local bars.

Velky Al said...

What would be good reading for you would be, Beer School by the guys that started the Brooklyn Brewery - if you can get by the slef-congratulation and back slapping it is a good read. Also on the deciding what beers to make I would recommend Designing Great Beers.

Adam said...

So I've posted some links to good resources on the topic of opening your own brewery. Check the main site.