If you brew 5 days a week, how will you fit in the 5 days a week you will need for transferring/cleaning/packaging etc. Not trying to be a smart ass, but there is much more time involved in "everything else" than there is in a brewday. Unless you have staff to run most everything else, I don't think you will have time to brew 5 days a week. I run a 7 bbl (distribution only) and do everything myself. If I am able to brew 2 days a week its a miracle (and that is with working 7 days a week). Keeping up with fermentations, cleaning tanks, filtering, paperwork, answering the phone, paying bills, and everything else is usually a 5 day a week job in and of itself. I don't have the added headache of running a bar on top of all that. Your output will only hit those levels if you have at least 1 or maybe 2 people helping brew and cellar.
As others said, focus on in house sales first as you may be surprised by 1. how much demand there is and 2. how much beer you can actually output from your system.
some friends here in town opened a taproom with probably about the same number of seats. they are brewing on a 10 bbl system and were selling some to other bars. within a couple of months of opening they had to pull out of distribution because they were running out in the taproom. now they are adding more fermenters, all to keep up with in house demand on a 10 bbl brewhouse.
just another $.02 to add to the pile
Last edited by yap; 04-25-2013 at 12:23 PM.
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