In episode 27 of the Brewbound Podcast, Catalana shares his plan to grow Fort Point’s revenue to as much as $22 million in 2019, while hiring another five dozen employees. He also discusses the pros and cons of self-distribution, why the company takes a debt-averse approach to financing growth, and how it builds strong core brands at a time when breweries and consumers alike are chasing new beer offerings.
In episode 26 of the Brewbound Podcast, Heck discusses the company’s recruiting and hiring processes, interviewing and onboarding new employees, the company’s culture, and how the executive team encourages employees to take ownership over certain aspects of the brewery’s operations.
In episode 25 of the Brewbound Podcast, Bissell Brothers co-founder Peter Bissell shares his company’s origin story and discusses brand building, the future of “line culture” in craft beer, how the company is introducing its beer to new consumers at a secondary brewery in northern Maine, and why he looks outside of the beer industry for inspiration, among other topics.
Brewing industry professionals are invited to register for Brewbound’s 2019 Brew Talks gatherings, which will take place April 9 during the annual Craft Brewers Conference in Denver, Colorado, May 17 during SAVOR in Washington, D.C., and October 4 during the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.
In episode 24 of the Brewbound Podcast, which was recorded at the end of 2018, Chris Jackson and Patrick Delves discuss Seismic’s sustainability efforts, what it’s like to sell beer in wine country, early entrepreneurial lessons they’ve learned, and how the emerging cannabis industry could disrupt the alcohol sector, among other topics.
In episode 23 of the Brewbound Podcast, Jason and Todd Alström sit down for a discussion about the business of beer festivals, the future of print journalism within beer, A-B InBev’s investment in competitor beer ratings website RateBeer, and what it’s like to be at the center of a controversy that is unfolding on the BeerAdvocate forum.
In episode 22 of the Brewbound Podcast, Russian River co-owner Natalie Cilurzo sits down for a wide-ranging conversation that examines the process of managing debt, buying out investors, building a $50 million brewery, exploring industry trends and more.
In episode 21 of the Brewbound Podcast, Murray discusses the changes to the American beer scene that he’s witnessed during his long career in beer, his latest collaboration with Wachusett and innovations that could drive future category growth.
In episode 20 of the Brewbound Podcast, House Beer founder Brendan Sindell discusses his company’s value proposition, its distribution and growth strategy, the challenges and opportunities of selling a single product offering and why his investors remain interested in the beer category despite declining volumes.
In episode 19 of the Brewbound Podcast, Josh Landan talks about his time building the Saint Archer brand and the lessons he learned as a first-time entrepreneur. He also discusses the differences between building a beer company and a non-alcoholic beverage company.
In episode 18 of the Brewbound Podcast, Tony Yanow discusses the circumstances that led to the sale of Golden Road, and what his goals are for the Artisanal Brewers Collective. He also talks about the state of the craft beer market, the consumer shift toward supporting hyper-local businesses, and how he evaluates beers that are sold in his pubs.
In episode 17 of the Brewbound Podcast, Campbell discusses the Brut IPA trend, how Brewery Ommegang plans to help build awareness around the new style, and the challenges of building an entirely new product category. He also discusses strategies for executing successful partnerships – such as the one Ommegang had with HBO and the Game of Thrones series – as well as a consumer shift toward prioritizing proximity over quality when making purchasing decisions.
In episode 15 of the Brewbound Podcast, Woods discusses his company’s shift from a distribution-focused business model to a retail-minded operation. He also talks about the difficulty of trying to build a new product segment – in his case yerba mate-infused beer – and the challenges small breweries face now that thousands of competitors have flooded the space.
In episode 14 of the Brewbound Podcast, Michael Kurson and Neil Quigley, the founders of Briggs Hard Seltzer, discuss their offerings – which are made with 100 percent real fruit — the emerging spiked seltzer category, and the opportunities they see for a higher-end brand in the market.