I’ve already written about beer, and also about how I like to make my own beer.
It’s something that I’ve actually become good at, and probably quite obsessed with.
My father-in-law got me into ales about 7 or 8 years ago. Since then, I’ve drank and brewed many a different style of beer, visited breweries and received many different bottles & cans to review. (It’s a tough life being a blogger!)
Over the last year or so, I’ve read about the science of beer, studied different styles, listened to other people who have set up a brewery,poured over the legalities & licences needs and much more. I’ve also watched hundreds of hours of Youtube footage of homebrewers and microbrewers giving advice, and listened to some amazing podcasts on the same topic.
I’ve also made friends with beer companies, breweries, pubs and restaurants. Nice friends to have!
This year has also been spent making and tweaking my own recipes based on what I like. This has varied from the palest of hoppy summer ales to espresso-laden Porters.
In short, I have soaked myself in beer related subjects for a long time.
Now, along with my father-in-law, we’ve decided to make a go of it and start making beers commercially. He’s a life-time long student of the Art of Ale, both as a consumer and as a creator. He’s also an experienced businessman, which will be crucial as we progress.
It’s a dream job, but a logistical nightmare. There will be applications, forms and visits from HMRC & the local council. There’ll be lots of calls & emails to make to local bars, restaurants and shops. We’ll be working very hard to make the beer itself, fermenting it and bottling, labelling, packaging and distributing it too. Then there’s equipment maintenance, the never-ending learning about every aspect of brewing, adapting the building we’re in… All while doing publicity and making up new recipes.
And we’ll be doing all this while I’ve still got my full time job.
The intention is, in the long term, to create a quality product with ties to the local area and strong community interactions with the company.
We are fortunate in that, for the first while anyway, we’ll have no investors to repay or rent costs. There’ll be a financial outlay for new equipment, but we have a business plan which shows that those costs will be recouped within the first six month. Then it’ll be expansion, reinvestment and (hopefully) some degree of success!
Wish us luck!