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37 minutes | Jun 14, 2015
Jamie - Ninkasi Brewing Co.
40 minutes | Jun 7, 2015
Mike Hale - Hales Ales
Mike Hale of Hales Ales has been in the industry for longer than most craft beer drinkers have been alive. Mike has been there since the very beginning of the craft beer boom and continues to take Hales Ales to the next level and evolving his brewery with the industry tide. Mike is all about quality over quantity. Mike is even stated that bottling his beer was the biggest mistake he’s made. It wasn’t a mistake because of costs or pain points in the business it is strictly about the lack of quality that a bottled beer has and mike believes that even his best beers are no match to the degradation of the bottle. My favorite interviews are from those who have been in the industry for a long while, because of the knowledge and advice you can gather from a seasoned veteran.
32 minutes | May 31, 2015
Craig McPheeters - Bricktowne Brewing Co.
Craig McPheeters of Bricktowne Brewing Co. is doing things a little bit different in one of the most craft beer savvy states of Medford, Oregon. Craig started out in a place you wouldn’t imagine, his 2 car garage. Building a 1bbl brew house in his garage, Craig was interested in starting small and testing the waters before he went full on at his current location in downtown Medford. Craig has now built his brewery to a 7bbl direct fire system, along with a restaurant. Craig has a ton of knowledge of brewing and along with his business partner, have started Bricktowne with no debt and great following. Was incorporating a restaurant a struggle or were you adequately prepared? Craig’s mother and Father have owned several bar-restaurants throughout Craig’s life, so naturally Craig asked his father to manage the restaurant portion of the brewery. With Craig’s fathers know how of the restaurant industry all a seamless incorporation with the brewery. Why did you decide to start the brewery in your own home? The ability to test the waters with very little capital was a huge help for Craig and Bricktowne. Not having to pay for all of the expenses that it takes to start an off site brewery saved Craig tens of thousands of dollars, while simultaneously generating revenue and delivering on several accounts early on, so that when it came time to move and upgrade, the transition was very easy and quick to grow. Where do you see the future of craft beer? Consumers are getting wiser, as well as the big companies. It is by no surprise that these companies are spending millions buying up small breweries because the future of beer is craft which is what people are reaching for, and it can only grow from here. Resources: Probrewer.com How to brew by John Palmer The Complete Joy of Homebrewing – Charlie Papazian Beersmith.com Contact: Twitter: @bricktowne Facebook: Bricktowne
49 minutes | May 24, 2015
David Waldman - Triton Brewing Co.
David Waldman of Triton Brewing Co. is a long time brewer that has taken an excellent approach to the business of owning a brewery. David hired brew master John, who was a former brewery owner turned full time brewer at Triton. This move allowed Dave to feel comfortable enough to leave the brew house and leave the brewing to a seasoned professional while freeing up time to deal with the business side of owning a brewery. Dave being the director of operations for Triton means that he must focus on the big picture of Triton and stay in tuned to the distribution, day-to-day operations, and marketing for Triton. Having “Brewer John” as a colleague has been a big contributing factor to Tritons success in the brewing industry. Why did you choose to incorporate Food Trucks instead of a Brewpub? Food trucks are easy to handle and easy to gather. Food trucks are also a great way to spread the word of your brewery through social media as each truck has their own set of followers and they bring their customers to your brewery. Food trucks are also easy to deal with in that, if they lack quality, a better truck with better quality can easily replace them. How is the world of financing changing its role today? It is now secret that craft beer is growing at an alarming rate, and angel investors are starting to notice over the last few years. More and more people with some extra money are looking to invest in small brewery startups. Financing was easy, then became difficult, and now is becoming more accessible. Where do you see the future of craft beer? Dave sees unbridled growth for the next 5-8 years. While this so-called “Bubble” has believed to burst and now the market is way over crowded. Dave doesn’t believe that’s the case and more breweries are welcome to join, over time high caliber breweries will filter out the lesser quality breweries. Resources: Join the Brewers Association at https://www.brewersassociation.org Go to the Craft Brewers Conference http://www.craftbrewersconference.com Kinek.com – Manufacturing Company by results of bids by different companies. "Building your own brewery" by the Brewers Associations. Know the liquor laws of your state. Contact: Tritonbrewing.com Twitter:@tritonbrewing Instagram: @tritonbrewing David@tritonbrewing.com
41 minutes | May 18, 2015
Joe Fisher - Manskirt Brewing Co
Joe Fisher is a Computer Programmer turned professional brewer, and has taken his love for beer to the next level by starting his own brewery. He has taken a rare approach by taking this adventure by himself. He has decided that a business partner was not for him and insisted that he had the knowledge and know how to complete the operation. By not incorporating a restaurant and keeping production low he has been able to succeed at the venture alone. Being a computer programmer by trade Joe is in a great position to work minimally for his job and with the good graces of his boss, in order to follow his dreams. With a rally of support behind him Joe feels his business plan and financials are in line to make that dream a reality.
34 minutes | May 10, 2015
Bret and Scott - Urban Artifact Brewing Co.
Bret and Scott of Urban Artifact Brewing Co. are taking the Cincinnati area by storm with their niche brewery of wild fermented sour style beers. This dynamic duo is finding their home with in the Ohio brewing community and has really taken off in the few short weeks they have had the doors open. Scott, being the marketing and business guru has taken Urban Artifact to the next level by working with many local businesses. Bret and Scott purchased a very large property, which they are leasing out to many companies; these companies drive customers to the taproom and help fund the brewery. Doing different things to keep that money flow coming in is a great way to get through the first few tough years and still turn a profit. Turning a profit early means you wont have to sacrifice your vision, or brew beer you hadn’t intended on brewing. Bret and Scott had a long road ahead but with two engineering degrees and an MBA under their belts Im sure they can muscle through.
41 minutes | May 7, 2015
Nick Looman - Newaygo Brewing Co.
Nick Looman and his wife recently started Newaygo brewing Co. in Newaygo Michigan. Nick has found himself on quite the journey as a brewer and has spent the last 18 months dying to open the doors. Nicks dream has come true and his doors have officially opened. After spending close to a million dollars on a brew house in the middle of Michigan, Nick can finally have his beer served to the small town of Newaygo and the travellers and adventurers of the greater Michigan area. Brewing Business wishes nick and his wife luck as the start a new chapter in their lives.
46 minutes | May 3, 2015
Spencer and Doug - Redpoint Brewing Co.
Spencer and Doug are taking their passion across the globe with Redpoint Brewing Company, a relatively new brewery in Taipei, Taiwan. This dynamic duo has combined forces to be up in comers in a country that has only recently adopted craft beer. Spencer and Doug are both Americans that migrated to Taiwan for school and work; both fell in love with the area and never left. Both avid homebrewers itching to start a business against impossible odds, Spencer and Doug are now realizing their dream. Taiwan does not have the same liberal alcohol laws as America which causes quite a bit of extra red tape to cross and many expenses not seen by American craft breweries. Spencer and Doug are doing it big, making great beer, and influencing their Taiwan counterparts with the gift of American style craft beer.
33 minutes | Apr 30, 2015
Matt Cutter - Upslope Brewing Co.
Matt Cutter of Upslope brewing company has been at the beer game for only a short while but has been killing it. Upslope has grown from a small brewpub in Boulder, CO to now a nationally distributing brand. It only took three years for Upslope to start turning a consistent, which is rare in the brewing industry. Upslope is continuing to break down barriers in craft beer with the opening of a second production brewery just minuets away to satisfy the demand for Upslope beer. Matt has a lot of great information on how to get your craft brewery started and some of the best practices he uses to market, brand and sell Upslope beer.
33 minutes | Apr 26, 2015
Jeff Althouse – Oakshire Brewing Co.
Jeff Althouse has made a huge impact on me and the way that I think of brewing and the creative nature behind it. Jeff who was a simple homebewer back in the early 2000’s quickly found his place amongst the Oregon elites. Jeff has allowed his brewers to take the reigns in the brew house to bring it to a new level; he encourages experimentation and the advancement of making great beer. Jeff holds a philosophy that you must make great beer, keep the creative process going and not stifle those who are creating it. Oakshire is one of the biggest breweries in Oregon, but Jeff pulls back to keep them in the small range, as far as size goes. Oakshire doesn’t want to dominate shelves nation wide that could keep other local breweries from getting a piece of the shelf space. This is a great brewery that does business with great integrity and wants to see this community grow in a positive and giving direction.
45 minutes | Apr 23, 2015
Morgan Ringwald - Hop Shop Brewing Co.
Today we are talking with a new brewery out in Phoenix, Arizona. Hop shop is in a great situation to get the money they need to start their business as a brew on premise style brewery. Founder Morgan and I talk a lot on how they were able to gain over 15K twitter followers which has given them and amazing platform to kick off Hop Shop. This episode is great because we touch on the importance of what a great business plan can do for you and some of the creative ways to finance your brewery. Don’t forget to check out hop shops Kickstarter page and if your lucky Morgan will even have your name tattooed on him, now that’s dedication.
50 minutes | Apr 19, 2015
Tony and Dennis - Draai Laag Brewing Co.
Tony and Dennis of Draai Laag Brewing Co. are paving the way for yeast cultivation. Dennis, a biologist, has started his journey to brewing at a very young age of 17. Dennis begged his mom to buy him a brewing kit, not to drink awesome homebrew, but to study fermentation and the affects it has on beer. Dennis is the owner of Draai Laag and started their signature styles of beer with wild fermentation. Dennis discovered a new strain of yeast never used before. Filtering out the unwanted organisms he pitched this yeast and it has been Draai Laag’s flagship ever since. Head brewer Tony learned what he knows from Dennis and has held up the integrity of Draai Laag since its infancy. Tony also carries out the tech side of Draai laag with the social media and marketing aspects of the business.
34 minutes | Apr 16, 2015
Tom Uban - Figure Eight Brewing Co.
Tom Uban of Figure Eight Brewing Co. has taken his love for brewing to the professional scale. Coming at you from Valparaiso, Indiana tom was ready to quit his 9-5 and start a brewery. Tom is a seasoned engineer and avid rock climber. Getting its name from the figure eight knot commonly used in rock climbing, Figure Eight has been leading the way in Indiana breweries and has reached a level of success that is comfortable. Not intending on being a part of the mega breweries that are growing in Indiana, Tom and Figure Eight are enjoying their slow climb to popularity. This brewpub and a must stop brewery if you are traveling through the Valparaiso area, and what a better way to end a session of rock climbing than with a Figure Eight brew.
33 minutes | Apr 12, 2015
Chad Melis - Oskar Blues Brewing Co.
Marketing director Chad Melis is talking with me about the world of cans and why the iconic Oskar Blues uses cans exclusively. Chad has been with Oskar Blues since 2007 and has been able to watch it grow from a medium sized brewery in Colorado into what is now one of the largest breweries in the world. Chads marketing techniques have been key in the growth of Oskar Blues, most notably is their use of cans for every single brew including a nitro can for their Old Chub Nitro.
27 minutes | Apr 9, 2015
Ken Thoburn - Wingman Brewing Co.
Ken Thoburn has created a statement with his brewery Wingman Brewing Co. Ken is a dedicated brewer out to change the mold with his beers and do it bigger and better than everyone else. Ken is a Washington native that has a love for beer that will rival anyone in the Puget Sound area. You can catch Wingman Brewing Co. beers on taps all around town and in cans and bottles all over, this brewery may be small but its bite is harsher than its bark.
32 minutes | Apr 6, 2015
Mike King - Revolution Brewing Co.
36 minutes | Apr 3, 2015
Matt Cropp - Full Barrel Brewing Co.
Full Barrel Brewing Co. knows its beer and knows how to create a sustainable business in a non-traditional way. Full Barrel is a coop, not pronounced “coop” but “Co-Op”. Running as a customer based coop, Full Barrel is brings in its money from the fans of the beer and in order to become the brick and mortar brewery they are. With a strong relationship of brewers that come from the Vermont area these guys came together for one purpose and that is to make great beer and give patrons an opportunity to get involved. For just a 100$ you can get in on the ground floor and ultimately get a free bar tab. I am proud to bring this concept to light and inspire people to gather a group of great brewers who brew amazing beer.
25 minutes | Apr 3, 2015
Ryan Sanders - Kitlab.co
Kit Lab is a new marketplace that makes it easy to support your favorite brewers by buying ingredient kits of their latest homebrew recipes. Each order you place gets packed fresh and a portion of the sale goes to the brewer - the perfect way to say “thanks!” for all the great recipes they've posted over the years. Kit Lab will even tell you when your favorite authors publish new recipes so you'll be first in line to check out their latest work. And if you're the type of brewer that already shares your recipes online, you might enjoy becoming a Kit Lab author too! Everyone is welcome to go join the mad scientists in the lab. To help make Kit Lab a reality, visit kitlab.co before May 2nd and consider backing the Kickstarter campaign. For more info and to help fund Kit Lab on Kickstarter, visit http://kitlab.co today!
40 minutes | Mar 30, 2015
Dave and John - Square One Brewing Co.
Head brewer Dave and director of operations John are here with Square One Brewing Co. Square One is bringing the St. Luis area the trifecta with a brewery, distillery, and brewpub. Head brewer Dave has an epic story of donating his time in hopes of landing a full time brewing gig, which he did when John stepped down, and let Dave take over. John over sees the whole operation, as the former brew master his brewing influence is still shown in Square One brews. Together Dave and John have taken this brew pub from little known local watering hole to one of the hot spots to hit if you are a craft beer nut.
31 minutes | Mar 27, 2015
Jeffery Stuffings - Jester King
Jester King has grown from an idea, to one of the most respected breweries in America. Sitting on a 200 acre farm on the outskirts of Austin, Texas, Jester King has been breaking the mold of the typical brewery. Creating a brewery centered around an immense barrel-age program and focusing on wild fermentation, Jester King has a cult following with people buying, selling, and trading Jester King beers all over the country. Jeffery Stuffings started this brewery with an idea and a passion and has now become a household name in a few short years.
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