1. Those interested in starting a small 1 (Nano) to 10 bbl. microbrewery
2. Those who have somewhat limited resources and experience
3. Those who are willing to work hard, are handy, and dream big
4. Those who are just curious about the whole deal
This microbrewery primer will take you through the process from “Okay, I'm ready to go for it” through the business plan and paperwork requirements to setting up a brewhouse and finally to an operational microbrewery. Links and resources will be given throughout this primer so that you may expand this information into a more comprehensive understanding and approach to accomplish your goal. This book is organized in sections, not necessarily sequential steps. For example, you may be working on the business plan but will need information from Section III, Equipment and the Brewhouse. And so it follows that you will be working on more than one section concurrently. If you have partners, it is also a good idea to assign each person to spearhead specific sections, with input from all, of course.
Before you begin I suggest you do what my now business partner and I did our senior year of college: Relax, drink a good microbrew and dream about being owners of a microbrewery. Then read this book- all the way through without taking notes- to see what you're getting into. Then drink another brew. (By the way it helps a lot to have a partner or two on the journey to start your microbrewery.) Now proceed to Section I, knowing there will be answers to all of your questions. Cheers!