For many first-time brewers, starting a micro-brewery is a better option because it allows them to dip their toes into the water that runs the winery without incurring the significant expense of operating a large winery. Starting a small brewery is still expensive, but it is more feasible for many people.
Starting a microbrewery is similar to starting any other brewery. It requires planning, a lot of money and dedication.
For many people, funding may be the biggest obstacle to starting a brewery. Looking for multiple resources such as friends and family, home equity loans and retirement accounts may be a good start. Crowdfunding may also be a way to help raise funds to purchase equipment and secure the brewery’s location.
First, you need a location: a building that can house the equipment needed for brewing and meet the plumbing and electrical needs for your work.
The key is to find a building of the right size that will provide you with room to grow without being so big that you have to pay for the unused space. If you plan to open a retail store, you also need to consider a place with sufficient parking spaces that can be converted into a bar-like area.
Next, you will need equipment to fill your space and make beer. Certain equipment is absolutely essential for brewing beer.
Getting started can be challenging, but it can be done through organizations such as the Beer Association, which provides resources for small independent brewers who want to start a brewery. Using the Brewers Association and other organizations as resources can be a good starting point and can discuss with your family and friends the possibility of loans that can help you start your business.