How Much Does It Cost to Start a Brewery?

In September, I wrote a post for Beerpulse about how I’d raised $1.25 million to start the brewery. Last week, when I asked Modern Times’ Facebook fans for suggestions on my eventual Kickstarter video, a few people were like, “Whoa, whoa, WHOA there, Mr. Moneybags, what do you need a Kickstarter campaign for seeing as you already got all that sweet, sweet money? Eh, Lord Bountiful?”

It may sound ridiculous, but it never occurred to me that anyone would think $1.25 million was a huge sum given the task at hand. If you found it in a suitcase, yes, it would seem like a lot, probably because you’d start thinking about how much coke you could buy with it. If it were your annual salary, then yup, that’d be a lot too, even though you’d probably have an absurdly distorted sense of your own relative wealth and deny it like a jerk. But if that’s all the money you have to start a 30 bbl brewery, then no, that is not a lot of money.

Can you start a 30 bbl brewery for less? Absolutely. There are all kinds of ways you can compromise quality, sacrifice worker safety, put off crucial purchases, make yourself inefficient, and worsen the consumer experience that will save you money.

That statement may make it sound like I have unreasonably high standards, but trust me, I do not. Some perspective: there are many, many new breweries that have smaller brewing systems, smaller buildings, and smaller ambitions that have raised a lot more than $1.25 million. And spent it all. And needed more. The difference is that most people won’t tell you how much money they raised, so you don’t get to question their fundraising choices.

My general approach to start-up expenses is pragmatic. I don’t care if something is used or looks like shit or isn’t hyper-efficient from the get go. Initially, the brewery just has to function well enough to make beer that meets reasonable standards for quality while being a decent place to work and visit. The basics.

But what are “reasonable standards”? Some would argue that a brewery couldn’t meet “reasonable standards” of quality without a laundry list of items that others would consider decadent, sinful luxuries.

I, for instance, consider a 3-vessel brewing system an unholy luxury, but there are oodles of start-ups that feel a need to have 3 and 4 vessel systems. Some people consider a North American made brewing system an absolute necessity; I do not. Hell, some people see sloped floors as a luxury (and there are large, successful breweries with floors that are goddamn stinking pietri dishes of multi-colored molds and fungi who still make excellent beer, so clearly it can be done), but I do not consider sloped floors a luxury. And that will end up costing me over $50,000.

So each day, I have to decide what standard I can set with the budget I have. Rest assured, it is not an excessively high standard. A grain silo, more sloped floor space, a third 30 bbl fermenter, a spent grain removal system, a separate mash mixer, a well-equipped lab, a decently sized pilot brewing system, and a tasting room cold box are all items I’ve said “no” or “maybe” to recently because of budget concerns.

The absence of those things will impact the consumer experience in one way or another. I could afford all of them if I’d raised twice as much money. But I didn’t.

So when you see me launch the Modern Times Kickstarter campaign, it will be those kinds of things that generous donors will be asked to finance. Things that will make their experience of the beer and the brewery better. Because whatever those things are, I can’t afford them right now.

Comments

Josh

Sat, 01/16/2016 - 04:59

It's odd to think you need over a million. I've been to a lot of micro breweries and my favorite beer is always home brew. Made with a couple hundred dollars of equipment. Personally I'd rather go to a place with 100 5 gallon buckets fermenting than the big brew places. They lose the crispness.

Faye

Sun, 09/15/2019 - 05:23

Good post! I checked out your blog site quite regularly,
and you're continuously coming up with some decent staff.
I shared this post on my Facebook, and my followers loved it.
To the next. Cheers.

my web-site - Alex Wood

Sabir ali

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 04:49

Sir im interest in small beer factory plant maharashtra
Procedure and licenced etc.

Alex

Sun, 02/07/2016 - 12:48

Shoot, so that's that one susospep.

S r rao

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 10:35

Sir I would interest in small beer factory plant in vizag please tell me procedure and minimum cost of plant with full details

Beplo

Sun, 12/06/2020 - 06:43

Yep Bep

Alex

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 08:19

"Not a fan of this guy… Grass roots businesses need to do more for less, not beg like a bit*h. Also who are you to not once but twice question someone’s motives for their comment? That other guy was giving you large benifit of the doubt and still you tried to slam him… Real cute. $50,000 for a sloped floor is ridiculous and only showed that you don’t knowJack about contractors."
Mark,
You are entitled to your own opinions and hurt sensibilities, so i'll leave you alone there.
However, I think you're off on your assumptions about the $50,000 sloped floor. Depending, on how exactly it is done, I see anywhere from $5-$12/sq ft for the slope in a brewery. Of course,variables include type of material, degree of slope, PSI, location, etc. I believe modern times was a 30 BBL brewhouse at ~3,000 BBL its first year within 12,500 sq ft, with several bright tanks and fermenters, maybe glycol and other big heavy tanks. Upon sloping the floor, they probably also installed trenches, and some effluent plumbing, a curb, perhaps other necessities as well. Brewers will reinforce that a sloped floor is not a luxury, it is nearly a requirement. With 3,000 BBL on the first year, and plans for expansion (24,000 this year), it makes far more sense to do that up front. No one wants to be in charge of squeegeeing the other water that comes with 24,000 BBL worth of production. Its also inefficient.

Pranali

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 12:31

I wanted to start up beer industry in maharastra..
Plzz suggest....

R.DINESH

Wed, 11/02/2016 - 06:44

I will start a new beer factory.

Tabitha

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 09:23

Fitness and health is actually click the next website key
to a long, active and also pleasurable life.

Laxmi narayana

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 06:26

I want to start a beer company in Hyderabad . so please give me the estimation cost with minimum investment.

Shubham Bhalla

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 06:52

I have 63000acre land of my family in India I want to own a international business in alcoholic beverages company name address phone email and I have to go back in touch base on my own a house that the same as before you go ahead of you who me to send it out of stock image not sure how long does the trick is a great time and place them on a sprint cup format for a couple days and then the rest are the same day service to our house in +91 7206251749on my phone and blackberry by us know when the sun

Nannie

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 10:08

If you desire to reside a far healthier way of life, the adhering to
is actually a checklist of fast and very easy tips
you can begin to utilize.

Also visit my web-site :: Recommended Online site

Russel

Mon, 12/07/2020 - 09:26

I read this paragraph completely on the topic of the difference of most up-to-date and preceding technologies, it's awesome article.

My web-site :: discover more

Lowell

Thu, 10/29/2020 - 01:30

Hey I am so thrilled I found your blog, I really found you by error, while I was looking on Aol for something else, Anyhow I am here now and
would just like to say thanks for a remarkable post and a all round interesting
blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to
read it all at the minute but I have bookmarked it and also
included your RSS feeds, so when I have time
I will be back to read more, Please do keep up the fantastic b.

Here is my web-site; Eleanor

Monty

Mon, 11/30/2020 - 01:52

If some one desires to be updated with latest technologies afterward he must be pay
a quick visit this web page and be up to date every day.

my web blog Garnet

Philomena

Sat, 11/14/2020 - 11:27

Great delivery. Outstanding arguments. Keep up the
good effort.

Here is my web-site :: Click Here

harrycarlos

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 02:33

I am Harry Carlos a Legitimate And a Reputable money Lender. We are dynamic company with financial assistance.We loan funds out to individuals in need of financial assistance at 3% interest rate, that have a bad credit or in need of money to pay bills,to invest on business.

FILL OUT THE BORROWERS DATA BELOW.

Your name :____
Sex: ______
Your country :_____
Your address :_______
Your profession :_______
Your marital status :_______
Current status of the workplace :____
Mobile number :______
Monthly Income :______
Amount Needed :______
Loan Duration :_______
Zip :________
Purpose of loan :________
E-mail :_______

Harrycarlosloanfirm@gmail.com service include; Refinance,Home Improvement,Investment Loan,Auto loans,Debt Consolidation,Line of Credit,Second Mortgage,Business Loans, Personal Loans,Car Loan.

Email:
Thanks.
Mr. Harry Carlos
Harrycarlosloanfirm@gmail.com

Elvia

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 02:55

If you would like to grow your experience simply keep visiting this site
and be updated with the newest information posted Going Here.

harrycarlos

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 02:35

I am Harry Carlos a Legitimate And a Reputable money Lender. We are dynamic company with financial assistance.We loan funds out to individuals in need of financial assistance at 3% interest rate, that have a bad credit or in need of money to pay bills,to invest on business.

FILL OUT THE BORROWERS DATA BELOW.

Your name :____
Sex: ______
Your country :_____
Your address :_______
Your profession :_______
Your marital status :_______
Current status of the workplace :____
Mobile number :______
Monthly Income :______
Amount Needed :______
Loan Duration :_______
Zip :________
Purpose of loan :________
E-mail :_______

Harrycarlosloanfirm@gmail.com service include; Refinance,Home Improvement,Investment Loan,Auto loans,Debt Consolidation,Line of Credit,Second Mortgage,Business Loans, Personal Loans,Car Loan.

Email:
Thanks.
Mr. Harry Carlos
Harrycarlosloanfirm@gmail.com

Melody

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 02:37

Marketing has enhanced to one of the most demanding and also crucial elements of needing
to manage a business. over at this website eventually
suggests that the total success of your company is actually visiting rely generally on the performance of your ad campaign.

Shela

Sat, 11/07/2020 - 01:30

No matter if some one searches for his necessary thing,
therefore he/she wants to be available that
in detail, so that thing is maintained over read more here.

Boyce

Sat, 12/26/2020 - 08:52

You made some decent points there. I checked on the web to find out more about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this site.

Also visit my web blog: see our website

Sal

Tue, 01/05/2021 - 07:38

Fantastic items from you, man. I have keep in mind your stuff previous to
and you're just too great. I actually like what you have acquired right here,
really like what you are stating and the way in which through which you say it.
You make it enjoyable and you still care for to keep it sensible.

I can't wait to learn much more from you. This is actually a great website.

My website: Tresa

nelly

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 08:33

I got my programmed and blanked ATM card to
withdraw the maximum of $5,000 daily for a maximum of 30
days via (wesleymarkhackers@gmail.com).
I am so happy about this because i got mine last week and I have used it to get $150,000. Wesley mark Hackers is giving
out the card just to help the poor and needy though it is illegal but it
is something nice. get yours from wesley mark Hackers today! Just send an email
to (wesleymarkhackers@gmail.com)
or watsapp +16315383658

Elouise

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 05:15

Researchers in Sweden recently performed the
initial research study contrasting the excess dangers of fatality from or establishing heart problem in those with
type 2 diabetic issues while adjusting the danger based upon how much time one
has had diabetes mellitus, and their lookings for were worrying.

Also visit my site - visit

Alice

Tue, 02/25/2020 - 02:01

Knees are significantly prone to injuries as well as obtaining damaged.
This is because they have complex frameworks, and are comprised of bone, ligaments, tendons and cartilage material.

They normally undertake a lot of stress so we require to take additional care of them by taking the
right safety nets. We ought to additionally know the signs of
these knee injuries and also what are the suitable treatments
for knee discomfort.

Here is my website Web Site

Tiffani

Thu, 04/30/2020 - 03:27

Hey just wanted to give you a brief heads up and
let you know a few of the images aren't loading correctly.
I'm not sure why but I think its a linking issue.
I've tried it in two different browsers and both show the same outcome.

My web-site - read more from here

Dexter

Sun, 07/05/2020 - 10:13

Twitch is the planet's largest online video game streaming platform.
Within its 1st month of launch Twitch got 8 thousand distinct
guests, as well as today the platform accounts for an amazing 43% of all profits created through video games video content.
Twitch even accounts for nearly as a lot peak website traffic
as mammoths.

my webpage; Going In this article

Cyril

Mon, 11/09/2020 - 01:58

Yes! Finally someone writes about read learn more here.

Damon

Sat, 09/05/2020 - 04:48

If you desire to take a great deal from this article then you have to
apply these techniques to your won web site.

my web site - My Home Page

Meagan

Tue, 11/03/2020 - 07:52

Pretty element of content. I simply stumbled upon your website and in accession capital
to assert that I get actually enjoyed account your weblog posts.

Anyway I'll be subscribing on your augment and even I achievement you
get admission to consistently fast.

my webpage Going Here

Joseph

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 01:58

We are a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community.
Your site offered us with valuable information to work on. You have done a formidable job and our whole community
will be thankful to you.

Here is my webpage: get more info

Riley

Sat, 11/14/2020 - 12:58

I enjoy looking through a post that can make people think.
Also, thank you for allowing me to comment!

Have a look at my web site website

Maryjo

Tue, 12/01/2020 - 02:31

This design is steller! You certainly know how to keep a reader entertained.
Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to
start my own blog (well, almost...HaHa!) Great job.
I really loved what you had to say, and find out more than that,
how you presented it. Too cool!

Wyatt

Mon, 12/07/2020 - 09:09

Its not my first time to pay a visit the website this web site, i am visiting this web page dailly and take pleasant
information from here every day.

Amla

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 10:57

Hello!
it's legit or scam?

Garfield

Sun, 07/05/2020 - 03:15

Wonderful blog! I found it while searching on Yahoo News.

Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo News?
I've been trying for a while but I never seem
to get there! Many thanks

Feel free to surf to my blog ... clicking here

Kit

Tue, 11/03/2020 - 11:11

Hello, I enjoy reading all of your post. I like to write a little comment to support you.

Visit my blog post Website

Jada

Sun, 09/13/2020 - 08:30

I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great.
I don't know who you are but certainly you are going to a famous blogger if you aren't already ;)
Cheers!

Here is my web-site :: Visit Website

Deloris

Sat, 09/19/2020 - 11:53

This piece of writing is in fact a good one it assists new web users, who are wishing for blogging.

My webpage; additional resources

Kisha

Tue, 10/06/2020 - 11:42

Link exchange is nothing else except it is simply
placing the other person's blog link on your page at proper place
and other person will also do similar for you.

Review my homepage Read More Here

Raina

Sun, 10/11/2020 - 01:21

I could not refrain from commenting. Exceptionally well written!

Also visit my web-site ... Homepage

Sheri

Wed, 10/21/2020 - 08:57

Hello! This is kind of off topic but I need some help from an established blog.

Is it tough to set up your own blog? I'm not very techincal but I can figure things out
pretty quick. I'm thinking about making my own but I'm not sure where to start.
Do you have any ideas or suggestions? Cheers

Here is my webpage; get more info

Daniella

Wed, 12/09/2020 - 12:10

Right away I am going to do my breakfast, once having my
breakfast coming over again to read more news.

Feel free to surf to my site - view source

Francisca

Fri, 10/30/2020 - 11:28

Hi there i am kavin, its my first time to commenting anywhere, when i read this paragraph i
thought i could also create comment due to this good paragraph.

Also visit my web blog - Home Page

Thelma

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 02:09

Awesome post.

my page; click here

Zoe

Wed, 12/02/2020 - 10:11

Hi, this weekend is pleasant for me, for the reason that this
moment i am reading this impressive informative article going here at my residence.