Unique Craft Beverage Opportunity

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Microbrewery - Meadery - Cidery Location Available Immediately

Business Description

If you have visions of owning your own meadery, cidery or brewery, you can make your dream a reality with this opportunity. After twenty four years in the craft beverage industry, the owners are retiring for health reasons. That means this leased space outfitted with the utilities required for microbrewery and all of the equipment is available. Brewing equipment and facilities such as this rarely come on the market. Couple this with the fact that New Jersey recently changed the ABC regulations such that facilities producing mead or cider are no longer required to be housed on three acres of agriculture land and you have an opportunity to enter on the ground floor of an emerging industry.
This location, infrastructure and equipment is ideal for production of hard kombucha, an emerging market that is position to explode. According to Forbes, kombucha sales are stronger than ever and projected to keep growing. Kombucha is considered the fastest-growing product in the functional beverage market with sales estimates of $1.8 billion by 2020.
This is truly a turn key operation for mead, cider or hard kombucha and has solid bones for a microbrewery. There is tremendous value in that this location has been vetted by the NJABC and local officials for alcohol production.
A competent head brewer is crucial to a successful brewery. This individual is responsible for selecting quality ingredients, recipe development and supervision of the brewing process to ensure the quality of the end product. The current business employs a very talented and knowledgeable brewing staff that if retained would reduce a new owner’s start up costs by eliminating or minimizing the need to vet a competent staff. The current staff includes two full time employees: a manager and a head brewer as well as three part time employees.
An inspired owner can produce small-batch, artisan-crafted hard ciders, kombucha and/or meads utilizing the existing equipment, making this a true turn-key operation (less the licensing). Nationwide, hard cider and kombucha are two of the fastest growing segments of the craft alcoholic beverage market. With no hard kombucha, only three cideries and one meadery operating in the state, a facility devoted to any of these beverages has tremendous growth potential as it would hit the sweet spot of being in an a segment with HIGH demand and LOW competition. Entering this emerging sector of the craft beverage market now would position a new owner to establish brand recognition in an uncluttered market. Revenue streams may include higher-margin retails sales, online sales, operating a tasting room, and on tap at restaurants and bars across the state.
For beer enthusiasts, buying a brewery can both fulfill a lifelong dream and be a very lucrative business investment. Microbrews and craft beers are more popular than ever, with more than 3,000 small batch breweries currently operating in the U.S. and about 1,900 in the planning stages. The craft beer boom that has swept the nation is driven by consumers craving fuller flavor beers. Currently, the demand outweighs the supply, making it a great time to buy a microbrewery. The market for craft beers include liquor stores, restaurants and bars throughout the state.

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Freehold, New Jersey
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Included in this sale is a complete BOP system and all auxiliary equipment including a six-kettle, steam jacketed brew line; boiler (new 2015), glycol chiller, 800 ft2 refrigeration, bottling machines, keg washer and filtration systems. Business is located in an industrial building on busy highway in an upscale Monmouth County community with ample, easy parking, a loading dock and two handicap accessible restrooms.
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About the Sale

Reason For Selling:
Retiring due to health issues
Seller will train new owners on operation and maintenance of equipment.
All original owner manuals are available on site.
Sellers will support the new owners to the extent possible and within reason securing required licensing.
Equipment not required for new operations, can be sold on the secondary market. Owners can help facilitate such a sale upon request.
Seller Financing:
Up to 50% financing for qualified buyer. BOP Equipment only: $125K

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