Help me to make my dream come true

Discussion in 'Mountain' started by Beeronious07, Feb 6, 2013.

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  1. Beeronious07

    Beeronious07 Initiate (0) Jul 26, 2011 Macedonia

    Hi all beer lovers out there !
    After some health problems I finally got back on the track to realizing my lives dream , which is to open a Brewpub here in my hometown Skopje in Macedonia, on this yellow fizzy beer dominated region of the Balkans :grinning:

    As I know close to nothing about brewing and there is not a single place trough the Balkans from where i might learn something, I'm turning here to you, lovers of beer and residence of the most (as i know of) craft beer active regions in the US and of course the world !
    What I'm actually asking for is if there is a chance for a guy like me to get the chance to get the basics of the brewing trade in some brewpub or craft brewery in this region?
    No mater if it is a brewpub in the canter of Denver, or a family owned micro brewery in a barn somewhere in the countryside, all I'm asking for is a chance to make my dream come true.

    So if you are willing to give me a chance, or you might know someone willing to do so, or just even know of a place where I should turn to for this, or you think that this impossible to happen, or you just wanna have a chat about this with me, please share it with me !

    Anxiously looking forward to some response.
    Beerly yours,
    Gorjan aka Beeronious07

    (P.S. I normally don't use SO that many times in a sentence like in the last part :sunglasses:)
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  2. alexipa

    alexipa Devotee (435) Oct 7, 2011 Colorado
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    I would start with homebrewing, then homebrew some more. Did I mention you should homebrew?

    After all that, take a few brewing courses at an institution. Lots offer them online these days. Many people are hoping to do the same thing as you (get in with a brewery to learn the trade), so you must set yourself apart.
  3. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,026) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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  4. Prospero

    Prospero Savant (944) Jul 27, 2010 Colorado
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    I actually really enjoyed this book and gives you an idea about what it takes (after homebrewing)

    Getting involved with the prominent industry organizations is a great place to start as well:

    Maybe all that is too catered to U.S. I'm just now catching on that you want to open a brewpub in Macedonia, as in like Eastern Europe.

    Nearest to Macedonia (if you can't find something in Denver):
    Union Of Brewers In Bulgaria
    1000 Sofia, Bulgaria

    I would ask/call around to all the local places in Denver we do have a lot.
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  5. Beeronious07

    Beeronious07 Initiate (0) Jul 26, 2011 Macedonia

    Thanks for the response it means a lot !
    i have been considering home brewing for quite some time and did it one time with a beer kit that a friend brought me from the US. the reason why that was my one and only home brew endeavor is that w are still not in EU and close to none of the home brew stores ship here, and the ones that do charge like 30 Euro per kit which is more then the value of the kit itself...
    to get raw ingredients in small amounts is also impossible coz of the customs regulations that we have here :angry:
    I also tried going to the local and biggest brewery that we have here, to ask for some, but they laughed their asses off and escorted me with security outside because i was not giving up :flushed:
    for the last couple of mouths i have been considering official brewing education, but the problem is that for a person like me who comes from a working family with an average monthly income of 400 Euro, they are just simply too expensive.
    furthermore i was talking with some brewers and they all told me that i need the hands on experience and not the academic one.

    Thanks for the reply anyhow, but i hope you understand me better now :grinning:
  6. Beeronious07

    Beeronious07 Initiate (0) Jul 26, 2011 Macedonia

    Man thanks a lot for the reply !
    i know that there is one brewpub in Bulgaria, but a union of brewers ?!?!? well that is new for me :slight_smile:
    will make sure ill get the book as soon as possible, even though i doubt it has any sense of the local reality, but still i guess its gonna worth it.

    thanks for the links i know all of them, but due to the ingredients restrictions im facing they are close to useless for any real experience. further more i have watched close to everything that there is about brewing online, from craft beer documentaries in the US, all the way to how to brew beer for in space from Australia, i still think that i lack any proper brewing hands on experience.

    Actually contacting places was going to be my next move, but was hoping that ill struck some luck here :grinning:
    Anyhow, do you have any place in mind that is more opened for this kind of request ?

    and thanks again, i really do appreciate this !
  7. Beeronious07

    Beeronious07 Initiate (0) Jul 26, 2011 Macedonia

    So i exchanged several mails with the Union in neighboring Bulgaria !
    they gave me pretty the answer that i was expecting and that is that they are connected only with the big breweries in the country and a request like mine has no chance of becoming true :grinning:
  8. tacosandbeer

    tacosandbeer Aspirant (263) Sep 24, 2010 Nebraska
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    Where there is a will there is a way.

    They go hand in hand.

    Perhaps you should shift your focus on what you can do.
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