Friday 9 December 2011

Why start a Brewery?

Starting a brewery. Well, why indeed?

Investing money in the current economic climate is a bad idea. Isn't it?

Setting up in an industry that is ravaged with high duty and is likely to be hit harder as the years go on has to be a mistake. I mean, come on...

Making a beverage that is pilloried in the media, demonized by the press and ignored by mainstream food programmes is not the way to make your fortune. Get a grip son!

Ah but...

If you can start a successful business in a depression then you can be happy when the good times roll around again. Well...

Even with the duty increases the artisanal cask, keg and bottle beer sections seem to be doing well. I'll give you that.

What better way to change opinions of beer than to get out there, make a great product and show to people it is not all about swilling down 10 pints of lager. But I like swilling lager at the cricket club!

The sense of community that has built up around beer especially in London with new breweries and bars opening on what seems like a monthly basis; the freely offered advice received from London brewers; the encouraging words of bloggers; and the joy of making beer that puts a smile on someone's face. OK, OK you had me at Starting a Brewery

This blog will hopefully detail some of the ups and no doubt downs of the birth of Weird Beard Brew Co


  1. Good luck with the start up of Weird Beard.

  2. Cheers Homebrewingblogs. Expect plenty of photos of semiderelict railway arches being transformed etc...

  3. All the best with this... I looked into it very briefly myself and decided to wait a few years (other commitments and all that). I'll be following your progress with much interest!

  4. Cheers David. Hopefully you will get some info from the posts on here to help you when the time comes.

  5. Its probably a good time to start, cheaper property, exploding beer scene in London!

  6. Well that was the idea. Hoping to ship some stuff to N Ireland as well at some stage with my heritage.

  7. Well let me know nearer the time and I can pass on a few contacts, though its likely I'll be back on the mainland by then!