The pace of new brewery openings is still roaring with at least 1,049 new brewery openings in 2018, according to the Brewers Association. Many of these new openings are small. Very small. Like two barrel system small. This allows people who want to dive into the industry to do so with very little capital investment. A two barrel system requires little square footage, can be purchased for under $100,000 and can get a brewer-wannabie open quickly, easily and cheaply.
But will it work? The answer is probably not.
Doing the math without the reality of owning a business or knowing the pitfalls and difficulties of operating a commercial brewery and selling direct to the consumer might “work on paper.” But as this interesting discussion on the ProBrewer Discussion forum points out, reality paints a different picture. Waste in the brewing process, waste at the taps, costs of employees, legal costs of owning a business, buying brewing ingredients in small quantities and so on all add up. Not to mention the cost of conforming to state, federal and local health department regulations, fire department codes as well as regulations from the state alcohol beverage control and other regulatory agencies. Best plan? Do your research. Carefully!