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If you had the opportunity to start a brewery...

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by devlishdamsel, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. What would you call it? and what would be the styles and names of your pilot beers?

    Personally I think i would call my brewery Vixens and Sirens. Our logo would be a very voluptuous Mermaid ( that looked nothing like the scuttlebutt mermaid to avoid copyright infringement issues). We would issue three Pilot beers. Whimsical Wench which would be a complex Stout, Voracious Vixen which would be a red American style amber, and Surely Siren which would be a Pale ale rich with hops.
  2. i'd call it "rules 29 and 30."
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  3. i read the list of guidelines, Is this thread somehow violating a guideline?
  4. nogophers

    nogophers Savant (335) Minnesota Jun 28, 2011

    I'd learn to spell Surly before production (and then get ready for a Cease & Desist order from Surly Brewing):

    1: menacing or threatening in appearance <surly weather>
    2obsolete: arrogant, imperious
    3: irritably sullen and churlish in mood or manner : crabbed

    Unless you really wanted Surely:
    1: in a sure manner:

    aarchaic: without danger or risk of injury or loss : safely

    b (1): with assurance : confidently <answered quickly and surely> (2): without doubt : certainly <they will surely be heard from in the future — R. J. Lifton>
    2: indeed, really —often used as an intensive <you surely don't believe that>
  5. MilkManX

    MilkManX Savant (390) Arizona Jul 10, 2012

    I have been thinking about working on my home brews more. The one thing I would do is make a style/flavor in my area that is not readily availible here. Example would be an IPA like Harpoon that is easy to drink. (cant buy Harpoon in AZ)

    So if I was to start a brewery it would have similar ideas. Cater to new tastes for our area and make quality beer.
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  6. PittBeerGirl

    PittBeerGirl Advocate (695) Ohio Feb 27, 2007

    I think I'd do a brewpub.

    I like when brewpubs do a local flare- and I would probably name it after a local landmark. The best place
    I live around a bunch of lakes so a lot of the beers would probably be named after those. Fishing is also really popular around here-so something like Walleye Wheat would be suitable too.
    There's an awesome local fresh meat store/meat market about 2 miles from me so we would get a lot or menu items from there- lots of chicken, pork, and beef dishes. Plenty of farms and farmers markets around too for fresh fruits and veggies.

    The tap list would probably look like this:
    Rotating lager tap (bock, dopplebock, eisbock, roggenbock,wiezenbock, dortmunder, marzen, eurp dark lager...etc)
    Wheat Ale Tap (probably seasonal-the spicy winter white seems to go well with winter, hoppy wheat for the summer, more traditional for spring and fall like a witbier for spring hefeweizen for fall)
    Low Key tap: rotating interesting for beer history yet somewhat boring in flavor styles to attract the BMC crowd- light lager, Kolsch, Cream Ale, Steam Beer, euro lager
    High ABV brew: DIPA, Imperial Stouts, Strong Ales, Belgians, Scotch Ale-etc.
    Barrel Aged Beer- Stouts, Sours, Wheatwines, Strong Ales, DIPAs-whatever.
    Monthly: January-Russian Imperial Stout February- American Imperial Stout or red fruit lambic, March-Irish Red Ale or Irish Dry Stout, April-Saison, May- Maibock, June- Witbier, July- German Pilsner, August- Belgian IPA, September- Octoberfest, October- Pumpkin Ale, November- Fresh hop pale ale or IPA, December- Winter Warmer
    Exmierimental Beer: Fruit beer, hybrids, adding indgedients to traditional styles, sours, Kvass- anything you don't find traditionally at a brewpub
    The standards:
    IPA- a nice bright flavorful grapefruit/pine IPA with little lingering bitterness
    Porter - it has to be robust and full of flavor- most breweries around here use a porter as their flagship beer.
    American Pale Ale- A nice blonde hoppy classic APA
  7. freeride

    freeride Aficionado (195) Illinois Dec 18, 2012 Beer Trader

    Geesh, put a little more thought into your replies. :p
  8. PittBeerGirl

    PittBeerGirl Advocate (695) Ohio Feb 27, 2007

    lol. Obviously I've been dreaming about this for awhile.
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  9. gtermi

    gtermi Champion (790) Texas Apr 21, 2010

    I would name it Super Epic Whales and I would only release 100 bottles a month at $350 a bottle and it would be barrel aged, waxed dipped and hand signed and bottled. I would release it on random days at the brewery only so people had to wait outside to get it. Though it probably wouldn't be that great, it would be super rare and could pull in some major whales in trading
  10. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Savant (485) Illinois May 10, 2012

  11. ontherocks

    ontherocks Savant (250) Georgia Mar 4, 2008

    If I had enough dollars - and being an old fart - I would seek to buy the rights (and recipe) for Falstaff to tap into the nostalgia market. And look into how much it would cost to buy the rights to Ballantine Ale (and older Ballantine labels and recipes). And maybe a few nostalgic vehicles for delivery purposes. And as I love the Dahlonega, Ga. area, perhaps some gold rush-related craft brands brewed in that area.

    For any plans beyond that, I would have to give it some more thought, while I wait to win a large lottery to fund these dreams. :)
  12. Avangion

    Avangion Aficionado (120) New York Dec 14, 2012

    Can I just work for your brewery? I don't have any better ideas
  13. Avangion

    Avangion Aficionado (120) New York Dec 14, 2012

    Ooh, Archaic Ale. I like it.
  14. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (770) Illinois Apr 8, 2010 Beer Trader

    I dunno what I would call it or the beers, but I would like to make Belgian-style beers
  15. Reinbeck11

    Reinbeck11 Savant (465) Iowa Aug 15, 2012

    I'd put it in the heavy duty cans and pull tab tops. Oh and name every beer after a Led Zeppelin song

    The Lemon Song Summer Shandy(cause when you squeeze my lemon....)
    Tangerine Topper
    Black Dog Stout
    Stairway to Heaven Utopia's
    I Can't Quit U IPA
    What is and What Should Never Be Pale Ale
    Kashmir Dust
    When the Levee Breaks (by the growler only)
    D'yer Maker Barleywine
    Ten Years Gone Vertical Epic
    The Beer Remains the Same
  16. Thads324

    Thads324 Savant (410) Connecticut Jan 21, 2010

    Greatest band ever. Let's make this happen
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  17. HeyJim

    HeyJim Savant (395) Pennsylvania Sep 22, 2012

    I've thought about this often. Wanting to promoted the Pennsylvania-ness of my beers, Ruffed Grouse is one that I think of a lot. Or that'd be the name of one of my beers at least. The other thought is my name here.

    "ISO : Hey Jim Ruffed Grouse IPA"
  18. I'd call it Rustled Jimmies and I would have a huge presence on BA.
  19. CA_Infidel2o9

    CA_Infidel2o9 Savant (310) Dec 1, 2012

    Lol i was gonna say the same thing.

    I'm drawing a blank here but i would probably call it, Balls Deep Brewing, Just cuz it sounds hard. ;)

    I'm gonna have to ponder this and get back to you.
  20. uptomonto

    uptomonto Disciple (70) Indiana Dec 15, 2012

    Is anyone actually planning to do any of the above? Just curious.
  21. Reinbeck11

    Reinbeck11 Savant (465) Iowa Aug 15, 2012

    Well I think manufacturing of the heavy cans and pull tabs would be prohibitive, let alone the lawsuits by representatives of Led Zeppelin may cause my plans to be railroaded..... Not to mention how the Brewers would feel about my little play on names

    I don't know about drinking anything from balls deep but I'd go there if I had two.....

    And I'd hate to see a collaborative effort between Balls Deep and Gay Donkey... things could get real ugly
  22. uptomonto

    uptomonto Disciple (70) Indiana Dec 15, 2012

    If there was ever a band to theme your brewery after - I can't argue with Led Zeppelin.

    Going to California California Common
    "Bring it on Home" special = returned growler refill discount
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  23. njhopspop

    njhopspop Savant (345) New Jersey Oct 17, 2010

    no doubt brewed with Misty Mountain Hops?
  24. Winston_Smith

    Winston_Smith Initiate (0) Kentucky Oct 25, 2012

    AWESOME! "The Beer Remains the Same" must be an American lager, right?
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  25. Ford

    Ford Advocate (570) Texas Sep 8, 2012 Beer Trader

    Altex Brewing named after my grandpa's old business.

    I'd start with a great porter, brown ale and dopplebock.... because I love those styles..ha.
  26. Brewpub with 24 beers and No crap on tap and maybe 100 bottles. as for a name European Bier Haus
  27. MeadGuyfromMD

    MeadGuyfromMD Savant (290) Maryland May 23, 2007

    My ten year plan involves a BBQ Brewpub, specializing in Lagers.
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  28. JamesMN

    JamesMN Savant (420) Minnesota Jul 12, 2012

    Wreckless Brewing. I actually think a brew pub would be more fun to start with...

    Pub Ale - exclusively available on cask every day of the week replicating the way it was done before nitro-taps came along. Highly drinkable with a modest ABV.
    Six Shooter Pale Ale - six hop additions during the boil.
    12 Gauge IPA - twelve hop additions. (did someone say 'citra'?)

    There would of course be a stout/porter option or a hoppy brown ale and seasonals. Ahhh, I can dream.
  29. vickersspitfire

    vickersspitfire Advocate (550) Texas Dec 11, 2006 Subscriber

    I'd call mine Psychopomp and I would brew Belgian Strong Dark Ales with the following pilot names:

  30. patto1ro

    patto1ro Advocate (620) Netherlands Apr 26, 2004 Subscriber

    Jame Hole and Co.


    The names tell you what the styles are.
  31. Perhaps i would purposely misspell it to avoid copyright infringements ;). Furthermore I would commission tyson cadoo from lowbrow art to create my bottle artwork . He draws the most fabulous ladies!
  32. cavedave

    cavedave Poobah (1,070) New York Mar 12, 2009 Beer Trader

    My friend's Furious clone is called Surely Curious.

    In my imaginary brewpub (actually am planning on doing it when I "retire", but not with this idea lol) I would expand from our best hb beer now, Hop Psychotic IIPA, to a whole line of mental defects beers.
    Manic Marzen
    Personality Disorder Porter
    Alzheimers Pale Ale
    Dementia Double Stout
    Multiple Personality Black and Tan
    Paranoia Pilsener
    OCD Wild Ale

    The pub would be named Liquid Therapy
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  33. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Advocate (515) California Jan 1, 2011 Beer Trader

    Why would I post my multi billion dollar ideas on a public forum.

    Here's one:
    Non alcoholic IPA called Mormon Juice.
  34. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Advocate (515) California Jan 1, 2011 Beer Trader

    Also another one:

    Jim Jones Barleywine; an 18% barleywine aged in young pinot noir barrels and then hit with brettanomyces during bottle conditioning.
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  35. DeviousSpirits

    DeviousSpirits Savant (295) Michigan Mar 23, 2009 Beer Trader

    I'd dig the Zeppelin theme if spmeone else did it - me, I'd be more apt to start a 4AD-themed brewery, which I'd call It'll End In Beers, featuring:

    Milk & Honey milk stout (with, um, honey)
    Lonely Is An IPA
    Stars On E.S.B.
    Pale Saint Pale Ale
    The Wind That Shakes barleywine
    Dig For Fire rauchbier (okay, this one is kinda weak)

    If I ever lacked immediate inspiration for a beer name, the Cocteau Twins catalog is an easy muse.
  36. Hot Ham Water - Rauchbier
    Me Myself and IPA- India Pale Ale
    Mic Czech - Czech Pils
    Law and Porter- Porter
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  37. mani

    mani Savant (370) New Jersey Jun 16, 2012 Beer Trader

    I can't think of a name for the brewery, but I'd do something similar to HF and name my bears after family members that have influenced my life.
  38. Like Grizzly ,Kodiak and Polar perhaps ? :D
  39. i can't be the only one who is eager to meet juicy hill. she is number three prostitute in all of vermont.