So I’m obsessed with wanting to make beer. Not just for myself but, most of all, to share with my friends, family, and community. I think that part is pretty clear to most people. The other variable of course is the career aspect. Mainly I want to be able to wake up, ride my four wheeler to work, and when the work day is done, enjoy the fruits (pints) of my labor. Sounds great, right? It truly is a labor of love to make a great craft beer. But every business is driven by work and money and in order for me to do this the money has to flow from somewhere. Right now I’m making it. I’m currently on the road (in Indianapolis tonight) being involved in the schedule and business in which I was fortunate enough to be a part of right out of college. I’m saving up to invest as much of my personal savings into starting BriarScratch as possible. The best thing about this job is I only have to travel during the spring and fall months, giving me all winter and summer at home and still making consistent pay. When I’m at home things are nonstop. I’m constantly caught up on some kind of project on the farm from construction, to my 10 year ongoing custom Chevy truck project, to aspects of the brewery and our local craft beer culture on top of staying active with my family, friends, and girlfriend. If I were in Cottontown right now, there would be no way I would be sitting still writing this blog entry. One thing I really like about traveling (other than getting to see a big part of the country and lots of breweries), is the time I get to sit around, relax, and do extensive research on things I’m truly interested in. I’ve learned more in the past 10 days on starting up a manufacturing business than I have in my 26 years of existence. Tonight was just as informative as I read this nice little piece of literature. “A Brewer’s guide to Opening a Nano” by Dan Woodske, owner of Beaver Brewing Company in Pennsylvania. It’s a very inspirational read for someone trying to open a brewery that’s smaller than typical profit turning systems. He lays out advice and stories from personal experience and offers quite a bit of reassurance on the whole start up procedure. If you’re thinking about opening a brewery too, maybe I’ll pass it along to you! Some things that are going to take place over the next month will mainly include establishing the LLC business type, submitting a trademark for the brand, and discussing with Sumner County zoning officials if I can even legally establish a brewery and tasting room on my 9 acres in the holler. From there it’s permits, permits, taxes, new brewing equipment, and more permits and taxes. Then beer. In that order. And then my friends, I’ll do what I do best….throw a party.