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Brief brewpub update

I know that I haven’t been posting much on my brewpub dream recently, but the dream still holds strong. Right now I am settle and unsettled. My wife is currently finishing up her PhD and after she finishes it, we don’t know where exactly we are going to be living. We both intend on living on the east coast, but that still leaves a lot of options and we could head west if a job presents itself.

While I’ve kind of stopped looking at a specific area, I’ve been doing a fair amount of research on the numbers. In particular I’ve been looking at the size of brewhouse needed, the costs associated with said brewhouse, and the size needed for a brewpub. I’ve heard a few estimates that for every seat that a brewpub has, you should assume that it will consume 5-10 barrels of beer per year. So depending on where we end up, I may need a large brewhouse, or a slightly smaller one. From what I have read it is safe to assume that in a non-craft-beer-friendly area, that 5 barrels per seat is a good estimate. On the east coast, I would go on the higher end of the range as the area is well versed with craft brew. I have a number of other facts and figures to share, but currently I’m writing this on my Kindle Fire, which is not an idea blogging platform. Thanks for the questions and emails that I get asking for updates.

My Brewpub

At some point in my life I would love to start a brewpub. If you are not sure what a brewpub is, let me give you a heads up. A brewpub is a brewery and restaurant together. Unlike a brewery, the beers made at the brewpub are made to be consumed on site. I am in the very early planning stages of getting my dream off the ground, but running a beer based website has it’s perks on helping me get my ideas out there. Below you will find several articles/ideas that I have talked about concerning my dream. I am using this as a testing ground and a forum to get ideas, feedback, and general impressions on what I am doing, thinking, and where I am heading.

  • My brewery/brewpub: I talk about my dreams of starting a brewery or brewpub and what all I need to look at and consider in getting such an endeavor off of the ground.
  • Brewpub benefits: In this article I explore the possible benefits of a brewpub over running a brewery in terms of costs, marketing, and distribution.
  • Brewpub disadvantages: We explore what a brewpub stands to lose in comparision with a brewery. Everything from location to staffing to marketing are covered.
  • What kind of brewpub?: There are a lot of different approaches to a brewpub, in this article we explore a few of the options out there.
  • What kind of beer?: Obviously a brewpub serves beer, but kind of beer and what type of selection should be offered? A year round vs. rotating selection of beer is explored in this post.