Fun & Excitement While Opening a Brewery Dan Conley Community Beer Works firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.communitybeerworks.com
What is Community Beer Works?• Nanobrewery coming soon to a Buffalo near you• How soon? Thats the point of this presentation• 15 Lafayette Ave, by Niagara St (Mmm, Santasieros)• Seven guys: Ethan, Dave, Rudy, Greg, Dan, Chris, Matt
Now then: the process• Find a location• File with the Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Taxation and Trade Bureau (TTB)• File with the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA)• Pass inspection from the NYS Department of Agriculture• Make some beer!
Location• You need a lease before you can ﬁle with the TTB• Zoning laws assume youre a giant brewery• It was tough to ﬁnd a location in a community• Breweries use a lot of gas and water
TTB• All owners need to pass a background check• Be prepared to write: our application was over 65 pages• You WILL misﬁle something. The WILL be delays.• Once you ﬁle, no brewing on site. At all.• No more than 90 days later, get a Brewers Notice Just one page of fun
The Kicker• You need a location before you ﬁle• All told, its at least a year (TTB, SLA, etc)• This means youre paying rent and utilities while being legally prohibited from making money
What Weve Learned• Have friends. You cannot do this alone. Were the League of Extraordinary Brewers.• Have lots of money and free time. Youll dump both into the brewery.• Social media! Friends have beneﬁts.• Brewers Notice: have detailed plans.• Nano is the way to go (n=1).