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Fun & Excitement While
  Opening a Brewery




                Dan Conley
            Community Beer Works
       dan@communitybeerworks.com
    http://www.communitybeerworks.com
What is Community
      Beer Works?
• Nanobrewery coming soon to a Buffalo near
  you

• How soon? That's the point of this presentation

• 15 Lafayette Ave, by Niagara St (Mmm,
  Santasiero's)

• Seven guys: Ethan, Dave, Rudy, Greg, Dan,
  Chris, Matt
A bit of perspective




            5 mm

     If we're an ant...
A bit of perspective




             7.5 cm

 Flying Bison is a baseball...
A bit of perspective




              6.5 m

 Sam Adams is a killer whale...
A bit of perspective




                3.9 km

...and Budweiser is a moon of Jupiter
Lies and damn lies
Brewery    bbl/year    Ratio           Size

 CBW         432         1            5 mm

 Flying
            6,500      15.05          7.5 cm
 Bison
 Boston
           565,000    1,307.87        6.5 m
Beer Co.
Anheuser 339,945,1
                      786,910         3.9 km
 Busch      17
                             1 bbl = 31 US gallons
Now then: the process
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 you're 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 Brewer's Notice           Just one page of fun
90 days for the
Brewer's Notice
90 days for the
  Brewer's Notice

We filed January 18, 141 days ago.
We've never used these
The Kicker

• You need a location before you file

• All told, it's at least a year (TTB, SLA, etc)

• This means you're paying rent and utilities
  while being legally prohibited from making
  money
What We've Learned
• Have friends. You cannot do this alone. We're the
  League of Extraordinary Brewers.

• Have lots of money and free time. You'll dump both
  into the brewery.

• Social media! Friends have benefits.

• Brewer's Notice: have detailed plans.

• Nano is the way to go (n=1).
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Fun & Excitement While Opening a Brewery

  • 1. Fun & Excitement While Opening a Brewery Dan Conley Community Beer Works dan@communitybeerworks.com http://www.communitybeerworks.com
  • 2. What is Community Beer Works? • Nanobrewery coming soon to a Buffalo near you • How soon? That's the point of this presentation • 15 Lafayette Ave, by Niagara St (Mmm, Santasiero's) • Seven guys: Ethan, Dave, Rudy, Greg, Dan, Chris, Matt
  • 3. A bit of perspective 5 mm If we're an ant...
  • 4. A bit of perspective 7.5 cm Flying Bison is a baseball...
  • 5. A bit of perspective 6.5 m Sam Adams is a killer whale...
  • 6. A bit of perspective 3.9 km ...and Budweiser is a moon of Jupiter
  • 7. Lies and damn lies Brewery bbl/year Ratio Size CBW 432 1 5 mm Flying 6,500 15.05 7.5 cm Bison Boston 565,000 1,307.87 6.5 m Beer Co. Anheuser 339,945,1 786,910 3.9 km Busch 17 1 bbl = 31 US gallons
  • 8. Now then: the process
  • 9. 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!
  • 10. Location • You need a lease before you can file with the TTB • Zoning laws assume you're a giant brewery • It was tough to find a location in a community • Breweries use a lot of gas and water
  • 11. 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 Brewer's Notice Just one page of fun
  • 12. 90 days for the Brewer's Notice
  • 13. 90 days for the Brewer's Notice We filed January 18, 141 days ago.
  • 15. The Kicker • You need a location before you file • All told, it's at least a year (TTB, SLA, etc) • This means you're paying rent and utilities while being legally prohibited from making money
  • 16. What We've Learned • Have friends. You cannot do this alone. We're the League of Extraordinary Brewers. • Have lots of money and free time. You'll dump both into the brewery. • Social media! Friends have benefits. • Brewer's Notice: have detailed plans. • Nano is the way to go (n=1).