How Much Money Does It Take To Start A Brewery??

Depending on the size of the brewery and whether the equipment is used or new, the necessary equipment can range from $100,000 to upwards of $1 million.

Purchasing the equipment is just a first step, however; there are still a number of other costs that must be considered in starting a brewery.

How do I start a brewery business?


  • Prepare for a huge investment.
  • Take advantage of the tax code.
  • Calculate your barrels.
  • Scout a location.
  • Gain startup capital with a business plan.
  • Present your business plan to friends and family.
  • Apply for a small business loan.
  • Use a home equity loan to finance your microbrewery.

What equipment do you need to start a brewery?

In general, when starting a brewery, your equipment list will need to include kettles, boilers, fermentation tanks, filters, cooling systems, storage tanks, kegs, bottling or canning equipment, refrigeration, piping, and cleaning tools.

How do you get a brewery license?

Brewery licensing and bonding process explained

  1. Form a business entity, name it and trademark it. Before you can sell any beer whatsoever, you must create a legal entity.
  2. Prepare financial and lease documentation.
  3. Apply for a TTB Brewer’s Notice and obtain a brewer’s bond.

Is it cheaper to brew your own beer?

It’s simple: Brewing beer is cheaper than buying it. As the cost of ingredients has risen, the price of the average six pack is nearing $9.00. While that is still a bargain compared to lifes other pleasures, and we encourage you to support your local brewery, it is still cheaper to brew your own!

How much does a brewer make?

Packagers earned $21,948 a year at small breweries and $25,000 at large breweries in 2011. Cellar managers and laboratory technicians both earned between $29,000 and $39,000 a year, depending on the size of the brewery, while head brewers, who typically only work in medium to large breweries, averaged $47,181 a year.

Photo in the article by “National Park Service”