TOPIC: Starting a brewery: the megathread

10 years 10 months ago #7

&quot;RichieH&quot;:dh85byr7 wrote: no, except there isn't much of a market here for bottles of decent beer.[/quote:dh85byr7]But at the same time, there's [i:dh85byr7]some[/i:dh85byr7], and you can charge Irish prices <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D -->.

I don't see the harm in selling on the local market to some extent, even if you are a mostly-for-export brewery. It's a model that seems to be working for Carlow.

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10 years 10 months ago #8

That's true. The other thing I was wondering was about bottling. Do Carlow have their own bottling plant? What about the smaller brewers? I presume some of the larger operators have unused bottling capacity they would rent out right?

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10 years 10 months ago #9

&quot;RichieH&quot;:2cwjsi6s wrote: I presume some of the larger operators have unused bottling capacity they would rent out right?[/quote:2cwjsi6s]

Porterhouse are setting one up and can but presume they will be look to rent out time on the system

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10 years 10 months ago #10

&quot;RichieH&quot;:3sml9897 wrote: Do Carlow have their own bottling plant?[/quote:3sml9897]No, they ship it to England. Though I don't know if there'll be a bottling line in the new brewery they're expanding into shortly.

&quot;RichieH&quot;:3sml9897 wrote: What about the smaller brewers?[/quote:3sml9897]White Gypsy does, and Whitewater, and the Porterhouse are currently putting one together. I think bottling lines are less expensive than they used to be.

&quot;RichieH&quot;:3sml9897 wrote: I presume some of the larger operators have unused bottling capacity they would rent out right?[/quote:3sml9897]Doubt it. AFAIK, Heineken don't have a bottling plant, and I very much doubt Diageo would let anyone near theirs. Carlow bottle in England; Dublin Brewing used to bottle in Dusseldorf.

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10 years 10 months ago #11

And so they ship overland in large containers to have it bottled? wow. It must be much more cost effective. So Carlow ship to england to bottle, then presumeably it goes straight from there to the various distributors (including back here). I wonder how much it costs them per bottle for shipping plus bottle plus bottling plus label etc? interesting to know how much that counts for

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10 years 10 months ago #12

&quot;RichieH&quot;:fzcagte5 wrote: And so they ship overland in large containers to have it bottled? wow.[/quote:fzcagte5]

Probably in kegs?

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