Coastal Craft Kombucha - Rachel Rappa
How NOT To Start A Damn Brewery: the podcast
by Kelly KfM Meyer
1M ago
Rachel Rappa didn’t make beer. She imagined into life what grew into a large-scale kombucha brewery on Long Island in New York.  But the similarities between what she experienced growing her fermented sweet tea business to the craft beer industry are startling. She dealt with distributors, retailers, employees, seasonality, limited access to growth capital and packaging issues, just like we do.  She started as an artistic homebrewer and ended up owning 20BBL tanks and brewing primarily core styles. That could be the origin story for 80% of the craft breweries in America.  As ..read more
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Exit Brewing - Grum Knight
How NOT To Start A Damn Brewery: the podcast
by Kelly KfM Meyer
2M ago
In 2023, the Australian Beer market was shocked by the announcement that a beloved brewery that had been awarded close to 40 medals for their beer was shutting down.  After 9 years blazing the path of Australia’s craft beer scene, Exit Brewing was planning to exit the brewing industry.  Around 2010, Grum & Frase had been inspired to start a brewery after spending time in Europe immersed in their beer culture. 4 years later they released their first beer, a saison. As their company grew, they expanded to an off-site taproom, followed by national and then international distributi ..read more
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Escape Velocity Brewing - Jason Behenna
How NOT To Start A Damn Brewery: the podcast
by Kelly KfM Meyer
3M ago
When Jason and Heather decided to open their brewery in Indiana they, like most of us, decided to do it their way. They looked at what existed and targeted providing their community with something new.  Jason made beer styles that he respected in traditional ways. That meant lower abv beers with flavor and consistency. The couple decided to specialize in their food offerings and target an underserved demographic in their market. That meant building one of the only vegan breweries I’ve ever heard of.  While their niche within a niche might be smaller than the one you set out to fill ..read more
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Home Brewing Co - - George Thornton
How NOT To Start A Damn Brewery: the podcast
by Kelly KfM Meyer
4M ago
George Thornton had many fantastic milestones in his career in beer. From humble beginnings slinging beer kits to home brewers at a San Diego homebrew store to building a thriving, symbiotic brewery/homebrew hybrid. He won AHA Homebrew Shop of the Year in 2018 for fuck’s sake.  George will explain how he sees rampant commercialism and growth for growth’s sake as a primary reason for the eventual demise of Home Brewing Company. See, he opened the homebrew shop in 2012, expanded to a brewery a few years later and closed them both in 2022.  He’ll share his nightmare landlord stories ..read more
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Falling Rock Taphouse - Chris Black
How NOT To Start A Damn Brewery: the podcast
by Kelly KfM Meyer
4M ago
Few people have been or will ever be as connected in the craft beer industry as Chris Black. If you haven't met him or heard of him, then you surely caught wind that Downtown Denver had a little beer bar called Falling Rock Taphouse for 24 years. In 1997 what we think of as the craft beer industry hadn't really begun yet. With only around 800 breweries in the US, opening a beer bar with 69 taps of what we call craft beer was an anomaly. And while it's hard to believe in 2023, opening a craft beer bar in Downtown Denver sounded like a risky and unproven idea. But it's no exaggeration to say ..read more
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Hair of the Dog - Alan Sprints
How NOT To Start A Damn Brewery: the podcast
by Kelly KfM Meyer
4M ago
In 1993 Alan Sprints opened a brewery in Portland, OR. He did his brewery his way making unique and interesting beers unlike what he found on his local shelves. With a culinary background he was, and is, a true artist, contrarian and inspired creator. Hair of the Dog produced beers that were, and if you’re lucky enough to have some in your cellar, still are, full of flavor, high in alcohol and complex in all the right ways. Alan and his brewery were a major part in creating the strong beer category and pushing craft beer away from fizzy yellow crap.  His unique beer and attention to qua ..read more
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Pappy Slokum & Sockdolager Brewing - Jeff & James
How NOT To Start A Damn Brewery: the podcast
by Kelly KfM Meyer
4M ago
Those of us who pay attention to this podcast know that the future is uncertain for the craft beer industry overall. But the beer people in Abilene, TX are feeling the bubble burst maybe a little bit more than most cities. In the first two months of 2023 Abilene lost half of it's breweries. One in January and the other one in February. The had both fought to stay afloat for years and even knowing the other was leaving, neither felt the market in Abilene could support them. I caught up with Jeff from Pappy Slokum and James from Sockdolager Brewing and they agreed to do a collaboration inte ..read more
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Redwood Coast Cider - Christina and Jesse
How NOT To Start A Damn Brewery: the podcast
by Kelly KfM Meyer
4M ago
Christina and Jesse don’t make beer. At least not commercially. They have a palate for bone-dry, flavor-driven ciders and their late project Redwood Coast Cidery was their gift to the hard apple cider drinking world. Or at least to the Bay Area of San Francisco. These guys opened a Cidery in 2015 because they couldn’t find the styles of cider they liked to drink - which sounds a lot like every home brewer I knew in the early 2000s. They opened on a responsible budget, grew quickly and expanded when it made sense. They had a plan to be the neighborhood hangout and to serve drinks to their frien ..read more
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VLOG1 - Memento Mori
How NOT To Start A Damn Brewery: the podcast
by Kelly KfM Meyer
4M ago
Part 1 of my Video Blog Series.  I explore the ancient concept of Memento Mori and how looking death in the eye can make us better brewery operators.  Throughout the ages our art, philosophy and, of course, religion all explored ways for us to share and remind each other of the concept of Memento Mori. Literally, remember death. One day you will cease to exist. No matter how hard you cling to life, to legacy and even to love, your days are numbered. Ashes to ashes and all that. “On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero” - Fight Club Some people think r ..read more
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St Somewhere Brewing - Bob Sylvester
How NOT To Start A Damn Brewery: the podcast
by Kelly KfM Meyer
4M ago
I’d like to introduce you to Bob Sylvester, founder, brewer and all-around badass from South Florida’s Brasserie St. Somewhere. Bob started brewing back in the early days of this last craft beer explosion. You know, back in 2008 when owning a brewery was still counterculture, hip and a bit radical. He managed to create a unique and interesting lineup of beers that garnered him international acclaim and a loyal fanbase of like-minded craft beer drinkers. He grew from meager beginnings into a beautifully imagined brewery with a separate tasting room and every reason to expect growth and suc ..read more
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