Ahhhh beer, how I love thee. Is there anything more refreshing than a Mexican beer with a lime on a hot day? Is there anything more satisfying than a dunkelweizen in the fall? Anything more perfect than a complex IPA or red ale? The answer to all of these questions is of course, no. If only we could be surrounded by beer all the time. Most beer aficionados have considered how amazing it would be to open up a brewery and make beer for a living. Few people have actually done it. Today’s guest, Drew Pool, followed through on the dream and opened up Wren House Brewing Company in Phoenix, AZ.
3:00 - Drew’s desire to start a brewery.
5:30 - Getting the knowledge to start a brewery.
7:15 - The role of a brewer.
10:00 - Laying the foundation to be able to open a brewery.
14:00 - Initial projections vs. how the first two years actually ended up.
16:00 - Margins in the brewing industry.
19:00 - Licenses and selling your beer.
19:45 - Finding a location to open the brewery.
25:45 - Buying equipment.
28:00 - Working with partners.
31:30 - Brewing what’s popular vs. what you like.
33:30 - Cost of equipment.
36:00 - The ingredient cost for brewing beer.
46:30 - Inventory on hand.
50:00 - Getting awards.
54:45 - Liking what other people aren’t that into.
58:00 - Developing your palate.
1:01:20 - The art of not becoming an alcoholic.
1:04:00 - The best things that come out of owning a brewery.
1:06:30 - Advice
THIS EPISODE WAS MADE WITH THE SUPPORT OF
Michelle & Jim Wortner