- Posted by Tech 24 Construction
If you have a passion for craft beer and a love for the brewing process, you are lucky to have found a hobby that can be transformed into an enjoyable, lucrative career. Starting your own brewery can give you the opportunity to spend every single day doing what you love, involved in the creation of your own original brews. Combine this with being able to play host to people that share in your appreciation for a good beer, and you can be one of the lucky few in this world that can genuinely call their job “fun.”
Like anything that is worth doing, building a brewery takes a lot of hard work. You should also be prepared to invest a significant amount of time, money, and patience, from the first day of construction forward. However, the payoff simply can’t be beaten. Imagine the feeling of achievement as you pour your very first original brew within the walls of a brewery that you can call your own. It is unquestionable that all of the work will be worth it, especially because it will lay a path for your future – one that involves being a business owner and doing what you love.
At Tech 24 Construction, it is not uncommon for us to be asked how to build a brewery. With our experience in the commercial brewery construction industry and many completed brewery projects, we have the expertise and know-how to help you learn a bit about the process. When you are researching how to start a brewery, the information can seem a bit overwhelming. Anytime you are looking to start your own business, no matter the industry, there is a lot to learn.
So, we have put together a list of the top things we think you should know about building a brewery, to help you get started on the path towards brewing up an exciting future for yourself.
- Inform yourself about the specific costs involved. Starting a brewery is a bit different than starting a typical restaurant because of the specialized equipment that is required. You should plan not only for the construction of the building, but also for the purchase of kettles, kegs, boilers, tanks, and the many other pieces of equipment you will need.
- Choose your location wisely. It can be challenging to find a building that is large enough to host the brewery equipment and is also in an excellent area to draw in patrons. You might want to consider thinking outside the box and look into renovating an existing warehouse or similar large building.
- Take the legal process very seriously. Because you are making and serving alcoholic beverages, there are a few extra legalities on top of the regular business start-up permits. You will need a federal brewing permit, as well as a state liquor license. Keep in mind that a brewing permit cannot be issued until all your equipment is in place and operational, so plan for that budget-wise.
- Think about how you will market your brewery. If you want to get customers in the door, you need to be sure you get the word out about your brewery. Utilize tools like social media to your advantage, connect with the local craft beer community, and consider hiring a professional if you have the funds. It can make all the difference in the success and staying power of your business.
- Work with high-quality, experienced professionals you can trust. Building and starting a business is nerve-wracking and expensive, and you don’t want to add the stress of dealing with flaky, unreliable people throughout the process. For example, choosing a contractor that fails to put you at ease can be a serious headache, and result in you losing money or valuable time. Instead, be sure to work with reputable, experienced companies to ensure a smoother process. It is especially important to look for experience when you are building a brewery because it is such a specific job with many unique factors.
Tech 24 Construction has built several Washington DC breweries, helping new brewery owners realize their visions for a fun, welcoming place for people who love beer. You may have even enjoyed a pint or two at one of our projects! One Eight Distillery is a favorite project of ours; a 1940s warehouse that is filled with the most advanced, state-of-the-art distilling equipment you can imagine. Or there’s Atlas Brewery, where we helped the owners realize their dream of a modern, sleek taproom.
Every single one of our projects is handled with the utmost care and integrity because we understand that we have an important role in helping our clients take the journey towards achieving their life goal of building and owning their own brewery. If you’re interested in learning more about the process involved in starting a brewery, or would like to speak with one of our professional staff about taking your first step, we invite you to contact us today.
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