About This Show
Entrepreneurs’ Organization (https://www.eonetwork.org/) proudly presents the EO Podcast designed for all entrepreneurs with a hunger for learning how to better their business and themselves. Some examples of topics and guests include Verne Harnish, author of Mastering the Rockefeller Habits and founder of EO, Joe Polish, direct marketing guru, an Army Ranger on leadership, a Private Equity guy on what it takes to create a business of value, Philip McKernan on finding meaning and happiness… Listen and enjoy!
About the host: Dave Will (www.davidrwill.com) has been a member of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) for several years. As a founder and having successfully exited a SaaS business, he’s well suited to represent the inquisitive entrepreneurial spirit in these long-form conversations captured on the EO podcast.
Most Recent Episode
John Kimmich on Craft Beer Brewing as a Business
In this episode, Dave interviews John Kimmich, the co-owner and head brewer of Alchemist Beer. He’s also the maker of the Heady Topper, also know as the “Heady,” a beer with an international reputation which is ranked #5 Beer in the World. John discusses the journey his brewery and pub have taken—from brewing 400 barrels a year to 18,000—with no compromise on quality and zero marketing efforts. The reputation of the beer alone and John and Jen’s commitment to quality is what fuels their success. Their motivation? Tune in to find out how these two are redefining what it means to run a “lifestyle business” that not only serves them, but their greater community. Time Stamped Show Notes: 00:01 – Entrepreneurs Organization proudly presents Virtual Learning Podcast 00:33 – Dave welcomes John Kimmich to the show 00:52 – John is co-owner and head brewer of Alchemist Beer 01:40 – He started his brewery with his wife in Vermont 01:55 – They limit the production of the beer so that the beer sells out fast 02:49 – “It’s not an intentional limiting of production” 03:14 – The reality is, for the 8 years we’ve had the pub, the most number of beer barrels made were 400 – 28-35 of which were Heady Topper 03:33 – They now produce 9000 barrels of Heady Topper 03:50 – From 28 to 9000 barrels is an amazing leap for John and his wife, Jen 04:05 – Since the opening of their new brewery, they are able to produce a total of 18,000 barrels in a year – 50% of which are Heady Toppers 04:57 – When the pub closed in 2011 because of Hurricane Irene, the brewery became their only source of income 05:43 – They wanted to be able to offer people beer outside of the pub 06:16 – The pub was destroyed on a Sunday night and by Tuesday morning, they canned the first Heady Topper 06:30 – “The timing of it really saved us...we would have been financially ruined” 06:57 – For years, John paid flood insurance