The Indie Beer Show – Episode #13: Brewery Startup Financials 101

In this episode of TIBS! we are discussing a lot of the costs of opening a brewery in San Diego. We are joined by the Finance teacher from the SDSU Business of Craft Beer Certification program, Debra Druther, future 15 BBL North Park brewpub owner, Steve Billings, and Jonathan Barbarin from Thunderhawk!

We go through a great deal of the costs you need to consider when developing your business plan; John and Steve offer their insight on their planned costs and what reality was/looks like it will be. I offer some insight into costs related to opening a Brewery Igniter Program , which underlines one important fact, there is no way to open a brewery without a lot of cash on hand; whatever you’re thinking you would need in your mind right now, double it.

As the show deepens you’ll hear the drastic costs differences between a nano brewery mainly built by its owners and a premium brewpub designed and built by San Diego’s best. Many times there were jokes about if they had really known what the real costs and timelines were going to be, they may never had even attempted to open a brewery. I have often said it takes an almost unrealistic, positive attitude, and extreme confidence in one’s self to overcome the mountain of hiccups and challenges even the best planned breweries encounter, long before they can sell even one pint of delicious beer.

We’re very happy to offer you some insight from “behind the curtain” and highlight some of the vast cost differences between brewery sizes here in SD. Steve and John were both very open in regards to their actual budgets and costs and I thank them heavily. This is one of the aspects of the industry in San Diego that makes it very easy for us to do our jobs; I highly doubt many business owners would “open their books” and tell the public what it cost to build their location.

A giant thank you to also goes out to Debra for offering her expertise and wisdom! Get comfortable with an #indiebeer by your side and hit the play button!
 

The Indie Beer Show – Episode #11 – Visiting GABF Winner, Ocean Beach Brewery

Fresh off their gold medal and being awarded Small Brewpub of the year at GABF, we got to sit down with Jim Millea, the head brewer of Ocean Beach Brewery.

Imagine, if you will, that you had just come off 10 full days of #SDBEER week but were still obligated to show up at a local brewpub that you somehow had never visited. That was the mindset I was in entering this show, I was a little worn down to say the least. Then Esthela offered to grab me a Hodad’s cheeseburger (very close to OB Brewery)! That fixed me right up and I was more than ready to tackle another night of drinking and fun!

We are Davidless (is that a word?) for this episode, he had just left for an epic vacation. We put our jealousy aside, because we’re professionals (ha!), and setup our gear on the 2nd floor at OB Brewery.

We discussed how Jim got his start in beer, what lead to him getting the job at OB, and his reaction to winning these prestigious awards! There’s also beers and other fun nuggets in there.

Grab an #indiebeer and hit that download button!

The Indie Beer Show – Episode #4 – The Great American Beer Festival

GABF is a special time of year for the independent brewers/breweries in our country. With the promise of recognition for greatness, representatives of the entire craft brewing industry descend on Denver with a thirst like a they were lost in the Sahara Desert for months. We were lucky enough to be granted media access to the largest craft beer festival we’ve ever seen! Denver excelled at being one of the greatest beer towns, or cities in general, that I have visited.

The festival itself was insane, calling it gigantic doesn’t seem to be enough, I need a bigger word, one with way more syllables to convey the enormity properly! Esthela and myself had a blast, enjoyed a bunch of Denver beer places outside the festival, and brought back a plethora of micro interviews from the festival floor.

Please note: due to the nature of the extreme varied conditions in which these recordings were made, there will be a lot of volume and recording quality variances, be prepared for that, especially while listening through headphones.

Grab a medal winning beer, maybe one of the 16 medal winning beers this year in San Diego, get comfortable, and hit the play button!