With the difficulty in raising enough money to cross the threshold into feasibility in Dallas we started to look into ways that we could make the brewery happen in OKC. The problem with going with anything less than a 15 barrel system is you really start to spin your wheels as it becomes very difficult to grow the business organically. You spend all your efforts trying to keep up with brewing and your net cash proceeds aren’t enough to make upgrading to a larger system possible.
Realizing this dilemma we tried to figure out a way we could get the business up and running and create positive cash flow very quickly. Doing some quick calculations we realized it might be possible if we kept our day jobs and worked for free until the workload became too much. At that point we could quit our day jobs and work for the business for some paltry sum. We were both willing to do that because we realize the potential for the business, especially in this part of the country.
With this being the new plan we revised all our numbers and presented our new ideas to our investors. Although we had one investor drop out, due to personal reasons, our investors overwhelmingly supported our new plan. In the span of about a week something that seemed distant quickly became a reality, and we were about to be brewery owners.