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(Good Beer Hunting)   "Chronic illness in the craft beer industry" has nothing to do with headaches caused by listening to your pontificating about IPAs   (goodbeerhunting.com) divider line
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2022-12-05 7:39:37 AM  
The solution is just an arms length away...

/ yes
// I know
/// technically, alcohol IS a solution
 
2022-12-05 7:41:19 AM  
(Outside of the medical issues described in TFA), running/operating a brewery seems to be one of those businesses that looks so good from the outside, but the economics of it is dreadful unless you're a massive operation. "It's bread water made in 1000 gallon batches, and sold for $5/6/7 per glass. How could I lose?!"

I work with 2 people that each run 2 separate breweries....they both seem to like it, but both maintain full time jobs outside of the business.
 
2022-12-05 8:26:33 AM  

Sasquach: (Outside of the medical issues described in TFA), running/operating a brewery seems to be one of those businesses that looks so good from the outside, but the economics of it is dreadful unless you're a massive operation. "It's bread water made in 1000 gallon batches, and sold for $5/6/7 per glass. How could I lose?!"

I work with 2 people that each run 2 separate breweries....they both seem to like it, but both maintain full time jobs outside of the business.


I know someone who runs a brewery, and to really make it work in a lucrative fashion, you have to devote a lot of time and resources to make it more than just a brewery. He runs a brewery + taproom, has a in-town beer delivery and pickup service, runs the city's biggest bar trivia contest once a week there, and also sells BBQ on the weekends. Fall is a big season for him in this college town because of the football games.

His marriage did not survive him starting the business, and he has never dated in the years since he and his wife split and she took off for parts unknown with their only child.
 
2022-12-05 8:40:56 AM  

Intoxikatherine: Sasquach: (Outside of the medical issues described in TFA), running/operating a brewery seems to be one of those businesses that looks so good from the outside, but the economics of it is dreadful unless you're a massive operation. "It's bread water made in 1000 gallon batches, and sold for $5/6/7 per glass. How could I lose?!"

I work with 2 people that each run 2 separate breweries....they both seem to like it, but both maintain full time jobs outside of the business.

I know someone who runs a brewery, and to really make it work in a lucrative fashion, you have to devote a lot of time and resources to make it more than just a brewery. He runs a brewery + taproom, has a in-town beer delivery and pickup service, runs the city's biggest bar trivia contest once a week there, and also sells BBQ on the weekends. Fall is a big season for him in this college town because of the football games.

His marriage did not survive him starting the business, and he has never dated in the years since he and his wife split and she took off for parts unknown with their only child.


Two of my good friends (a couple) own the first micro brewery in our city,. They bought a $750k house within 6 months of opening, and had a kid during the pandemic. They're doing fine - people drink when they're happy and they drink when they're sad.
 
2022-12-05 9:05:52 AM  

slantsix: Intoxikatherine: Sasquach: (Outside of the medical issues described in TFA), running/operating a brewery seems to be one of those businesses that looks so good from the outside, but the economics of it is dreadful unless you're a massive operation. "It's bread water made in 1000 gallon batches, and sold for $5/6/7 per glass. How could I lose?!"

I work with 2 people that each run 2 separate breweries....they both seem to like it, but both maintain full time jobs outside of the business.

I know someone who runs a brewery, and to really make it work in a lucrative fashion, you have to devote a lot of time and resources to make it more than just a brewery. He runs a brewery + taproom, has a in-town beer delivery and pickup service, runs the city's biggest bar trivia contest once a week there, and also sells BBQ on the weekends. Fall is a big season for him in this college town because of the football games.

His marriage did not survive him starting the business, and he has never dated in the years since he and his wife split and she took off for parts unknown with their only child.

Two of my good friends (a couple) own the first micro brewery in our city,. They bought a $750k house within 6 months of opening, and had a kid during the pandemic. They're doing fine - people drink when they're happy and they drink when they're sad.


The first microbrewery is key to that story.  There's way too many breweries in most cities.
 
2022-12-05 9:37:10 AM  
The story has very little to do with craft brewing. The subject could have just as well been running a stray cat rescue.

But I agree about the IPA BS. I get frustrated when I go to a pub and there's only one or two non-IPAs, or even none, available. Not interested in juicy, fruity, fuzzy-wuzzy, grapefruit beers. Just beer-flavored beer.
 
2022-12-05 11:38:54 AM  
At Thanksgiving, my roommate's relative stuck us with a 12-pack of some nasty "imperial" IPAs. The only way I've found to make it remotely potable is to add a shiat-ton of bloody mary mix to it.

I could just pour it down the sink, but I really hate being wasteful.

/porter & stout girl
 
2022-12-05 12:12:23 PM  

Lexx: slantsix: Intoxikatherine: Sasquach: (Outside of the medical issues described in TFA), running/operating a brewery seems to be one of those businesses that looks so good from the outside, but the economics of it is dreadful unless you're a massive operation. "It's bread water made in 1000 gallon batches, and sold for $5/6/7 per glass. How could I lose?!"

I work with 2 people that each run 2 separate breweries....they both seem to like it, but both maintain full time jobs outside of the business.

I know someone who runs a brewery, and to really make it work in a lucrative fashion, you have to devote a lot of time and resources to make it more than just a brewery. He runs a brewery + taproom, has a in-town beer delivery and pickup service, runs the city's biggest bar trivia contest once a week there, and also sells BBQ on the weekends. Fall is a big season for him in this college town because of the football games.

His marriage did not survive him starting the business, and he has never dated in the years since he and his wife split and she took off for parts unknown with their only child.

Two of my good friends (a couple) own the first micro brewery in our city,. They bought a $750k house within 6 months of opening, and had a kid during the pandemic. They're doing fine - people drink when they're happy and they drink when they're sad.

The first microbrewery is key to that story.  There's way too many breweries in most cities.


I listened to an economics podcast at some point about this. If you want to get rich opening a microbrewery, either by getting wide distribution or selling out to one of the macros, you're too late, there's too many already. If what you want to do is run a brewery-taproom that's basically a local bar that happens to make its own beer, maybe sell kegs to a few regional bars and distribute locally, you can make a decent living at it. It'll be hard work just like owning any other small business, but you can be profitable. You just won't get rich and it won't be easy.
 
2022-12-05 1:23:10 PM  
I assumed "Chronic illness in the craft beer industry" was a recently discovered unreleased Smiths track. "has nothing to do with headaches caused by listening to your pontificating about IPAs" seems like a lyric Morissey could croon.
 
2022-12-06 2:24:44 PM  

1funguy: The solution is just an arms length away...

/ yes
// I know
/// technically, alcohol IS a solution


Alcohol is not a solution.
Alcohol is a solvent.
A beer or a cocktail is a solution.
 
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