Thursday, March 7, 2013

Reds, Browns, Blondes and Business Plans

I bottled my American Brown today.  It really tasted good so I can't wait for it to carbonate.
But the Winter conditioning room (the downstairs bath) is getting a bit crowded so I moved a Pale and an Amber to the stock room.  Right now I have an IPA in the fermenter and the Brown ale in there. Tomorrow's Blonde will join them when I make it.
I received my competition results today.
Don't get too excited, it was a mix bag.  Some scores were really good.  Others surprised me for being fairly low despite my personal assessment of the beers.  I guess you fall in love with your own work and lose your objectivity.
Oh well, I'll gladly take the prizes that came along with the medals.
Thanks to the generosity of my friends at Rebel Brewer, I'll make beer on into the Spring.  They supported the Memphis competition by providing gift certificates to all the medal winners.  Tom and his crew there do a great deal to expand and improve home brewing in Tennessee.
Finally, I think it's time to finish my business plan for Bluff City Brewing.
I'm approaching it with a casual urgency.
Don't misunderstand.  I'm as interested as ever to go pro.  I have thought about it for years.  The thing is, I meet a lot of people who like my beer.  But when I meet possible angel investors, I'm not seen as a plausible risk because I'm not ready to hand them a plan detailing a path toward successfully achieving my business objectives.
Hopefully, that will soon change.  My new project is to finish a 5-year business plan for Bluff City Brewing,... or Bellevue Brewing, or West Nashville Beer Co., or whatever it will be called as soon as possible.
Maybe I can get it finished before 5 more breweries open up in the city.
Good Beer To You.

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