I can't count the number of times I've been asked, "Are you having fun running a brewery?" Or, "Are you glad you opened a brewery?"
"Uh, well..." I often start out, "it has its good times, but it is challenging and a lot of work."
I really don't know what to tell people. I know they have the best of intentions when they ask, and I think they expect me to get excited and tell them how wonderful it is to go to work every day where the focus is great beer. I don't want to make it seem like owning a brewery is somehow a horrible life choice, but on the other hand, I don't want to make it seem like all we do is party and cash big checks from distributors. It isn't anything like that. It is constant work, hard work. As a business owner in a very competitive market with hundreds of new competitors jumping into the market every year, you face new challenges every day and the vast majority of those challenges have absolutely nothing to do with beer.
You can ask any business owner if they're having fun. I think most would respond the same way. Most of what you do when you open a brewery is the same stuff that every business owner does. You work on hiring the right employees, finding the right suppliers, working with distributors, keeping the building upright, making payments, and a million other mundane things, like paying taxes and keeping the bathroom clean for customers....