This post is key for everyone that is looking to start a brewery. Get a kick ass team around you. Don’t make quick decisions on these areas, and I would focus on the following as key:
- Engineer (Structural, Electrical and Mechanical)
- General Contractor
- Business Partner
- Graphic Designer
- Equipment Suppliers
Of all these things on the list 1 stands out as the most important. Can you guess which one it is? Of course you know its the business partner. Having a great partner can make everything else seem like nothing much or something substantial. For us, we only screwed up on one of these major categories, and it really came back to bite us in the rear-end. I would hate to think if we made bad decisions on more than one of these. Our lives would have easily gone from manageable to a nightmare very quickly.
At various times throughout this process, we have been supported by these people. The true sign of a great team member, is someone who is honest, supports you when you need the help, and is willing to work with a changing job. You will change direction thousands of times throughout the process. Having a group of trades people that is understanding of this and won’t gouge you is really important. There will be change orders, and its how they are dealt with that really matter.
There is one person not on the list that one could say is even more important than a good business partner, and that is a good life partner. Having someone who supports you when you need it, kicks you in the ass at other times, is huge. My wife has supported me in every way imaginable throughout this process. Without her, I can’t imagine what I would have done. Hopefully you have someone like this in your life, as it is crucial to success IMO.
So kind of a fluffy post today, but I didn’t really have any other option, as I am falling asleep at the computer here. Off to bed very shortly and up 4am to get cracking at our bookkeeping. Not the most glamorous thing in the world, but pretty darn important.