I like stuff like this. Do the owners have full time jobs other than brewing? How many different types of brew? It would be interesting to know a little background and vision. I'd get started small too to be able to afford life until ABInbev buys me hahaha
Yeah, there's at least 3 owners, all working full time elsewhere. Currently 8 on tap, no guest taps...from what I've heard, they aren't really banking on getting big, but the building & parking lot could support a full time operation I think. Around 1500 sq. ft. in the taproom, with about that much for brewery/kitchen/bathrooms. I didn't get to see the brewery so I don't know what the tank situation is.
I don't get how you could brew fast enough.
Only open 9 hours a week & are closed before the supper hour. They won't be able to sell much beer in the time frame I wouldn't think.
I don't know how they'll pay the rent even with the seats full.
One barrel is homebrew, not a business.
Agreed...it's a hobby brewery for sure. Another place in a small town close by started with a one barrel about 3 years ago but with guest taps. They've grown enough for a 3.5 barrel system early this year so they're evidently getting by. No real food to speak of.
In a tale of 2 breweries, another place opened in town 6 months ago - 15 barrel system, the brewing partner had a long list of prior head brewer positions in both startups & big established breweries, other partners were experienced in the restaurant business, $100k in reserve, swanky place on the river...and just closed up last month. Evidently the rent was in the $8k a month range, and when the patio shuts down for winter they're left with less than 60 seats. The math didn't work, and you can't help but wonder how they figured their business plan.