When will you be open? Will you have a tasting room?
Currently we are under construction. We are aiming to be opening this fall(ish) however there are many things which are out of our control that happen along the way which can slow things down. Don’t worry though once we are ready to open we promise not to keep it a secret! It will be posted on our website, all our social media outlets, and written in the sky! (Okay a skywriter is not in our budget, scratch that idea.)
Once we are open we will have a tasting room. You will be able to come visit us, taste our beers, purchase growlers, Moustache Brewing Co. swag, see your name on our backer wall and give us a high five! We can’t wait!
Are you hiring or looking for interns?
Currently we are not hiring or taking on interns right now. When the time comes that we are we will certainly be sure to announce any available positions on our website.
What about volunteers?
What we do need help with is spreading the excitement about Moustache Brewing Co. Share our page to all your friends on social media, sport our Moustache wear and just keep being excited about all the great things that are soon to come!
I have questions about starting my own brewery, can you help me?
Starting a brewery has kept us very busy 24/7. You can find all the information you need with a quick Google search (that’s what we did!) but here are a few general resources to point you in the right direction and get you on your way to brewing like a pro. But, if you see us out and about, feel free buy us a beer and ask us question or two!
With that said, this assumes that YOU MAKE GOOD BEER. Providing you do, continue:
Small Business Administration:
You can meet with a business counselor to help you get started on a business plan and to ask business related questions.
Community Development Corporation of Long Island:
The CDC LI offers a Core 4 business class to help get you going (Lauri took this class and it was a great resource!) They also have information and assistance on applying for SBA loans.
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau:
The TTB is who you apply to and receive your federal brewer’s notice from. They have a whole section on what you need to do in order to apply for your brewer’s notice as well as information on starting a brewery.
State Liquor Authority
You will also need to receive approval from the NYS Liquor Authority as well before you start your brewery and making beer.
The Brewer’s Association:
This may be one of the greatest resources available to those interested in starting a brewery. Joining the BA gives you access to industry information, statistics, advice, suppliers and much more. A crucial resource.
Other advice on starting a brewery:
Make a thorough business plan and do all the financials. You will be surprised how much money it takes to get a brewery running and to sustain it.
Start early on your applications with the TTB and the SLA it can be many months before they are approved! Although the time frame varies on everyone’s individual situation.
Don’t expect anything to work out as planned and be flexible. There’s a million bumps on the way, be prepared to deal with them. You can’t possibly plan for it all.
Talk to the town where you are thinking of opening your brewery (before you sign a lease). Every single town will have different restrictions and requirements of you before you can open.
RESEARCH!!!! Research EVERYTHING!!! This is a highly controlled industry to start a business in. The amount of requirements that vary on everything is overwhelming but the information is out there!
Keep brewing! Brew your recipes and get them down! Get critical assessment from everyone. Make your beers awesome.
I’m doing a Kickstarter what should I know about that?
1. Make it clear to your audience WHY you need the money and WHAT you are going to use it for. Be specific!
2. Be yourself! You are asking people to help you and invest in you as a person! Make a connection with your viewers.
3. Keep your video short and sweet and entertaining!
4. Remember that Kickstarter and Amazon fees account for about 10% of your total after your campaign is over.
5. Don’t give away the farm. Calculate the cost of your rewards, shipping and fees from each pledge amount so you know how much of that $25 pledge you will be truly receiving.
6. Keep your backers up to date throughout the whole campaign and the process.