We haven’t brewed a drop of beer yet, but we’ve already run out of the hops we need to brew the beers we are planning to brew.
Even before I began the process of opening Heretic Brewing Company, homebrewers would ask me what it took to open a brewery.
When you think about starting a brewery, you know you will need kegs to package some portion of your beer, but that is about as far as the thinking goes.
Not long ago, it was a special treat to find great craft beer. You could travel extensively without finding any craft beer and often what you did find was just OK.
Where I live every grocery store has been expanding their craft beer section. In some of them, the craft beer shelf space is now bigger than that dedicated to the large lager brewers.
The first thing people ask when you tell them you are opening a brewery is, “What kind of beer are you going to brew?”
I must say the toughest part about starting a brewery is coordinating all the little parts. Sure, the paperwork is enormous. I think I killed a couple of trees trying to perfect my TTB application.
I’ve always been lucky. Ask my wife. Ask anybody that knows me. Things just work out well for me.
When you finally realize you are going to open a brewery, it is an exciting time. However, the brewery just doesn’t seem real until you give it a name.