Archive: Brewery

StilltheOne Distillery: Changing the Game in Small Batch Spirits

StilltheOne Distillery in Port Chester, New York is small craft distillery that is creating a big buzz in the Tri-State area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Under the guidance of Albert Savarese, a creative and marketing-savvy entrepreneur, StilltheOne is not only introducing consumers to new and innovative products, but it is also collaborating with the local community to offer spirts that embrace the concept of farm-to-table and express the high quality of Hudson Valley grains. StilltheOne (STO) opened in 2009 as the first distillery in Westchester County since the introduction of Prohibition in 1920. Its then-owner named the distillery for his wife, who was “still the one.” Savarese, who had just come from a sales and marketing position […]

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Malting Barley Research at Penn State Aims to Support Craft Beer Industry

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – When it comes to libations, more and more Pennsylvanians are raising their glasses in favor of craft beer. In fact, according to the Brewers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, there are 136 craft breweries in Pennsylvania that produce more than 4 million barrels of beer annually. The economic impact of the industry is estimated at $4.48 billion, the second largest in the country. The industry’s popularity has caught the attention of researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, including Greg Roth, who’s spearheading research in malting barley — a key ingredient in craft beer production — with a goal of helping Pennsylvania farmers benefit. “In the last 15 years, there has been a tremendous […]

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Extension Helps N.Y. Brewers, Growers Raise a Pint

The essential ingredients of a pint of locally produced New York state craft beer are quite simple: hops, barley, yeast and water. Much more complex, however, is how the supply chain of those elements comes together to create beverages that adhere to New York’s escalating farm brewery regulations. It’s a recipe further challenged by the relative infancy of the farm brewery industry and its explosive growth. Since the introduction of the state’s farm brewery license in 2013, which offered tax benefits and relaxed regulations for breweries using New York-grown ingredients, there are now more than 160 farm breweries online. And while the path to startup has been made easier, there exists significant challenges for farm brewers looking to procure New […]

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Turning Your Brewing Passion into a Business A Guide to Starting a Brewery

So you have the desire, the passion, the funding and a comprehensive business plan to start a brewery. Now what? There are many aspects of starting and running a business that must be considered, such as manufacturing, accounting, marketing, personnel management and facilities, to name a few. At times it can be a bit overwhelming, for a good reason. “Everyone wants to start a brewery, right?” said Vic Falck of Calusa Brewing in Sarasota, Florida. “We were drawn to the industry for a multitude of reasons. First and foremost we love beer, are dedicated to making the best we can and wanted to share that with the world. It’s an exceptional and supportive community filled with passionate people doing what […]

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St. Elmo Brewing Company: A New Mecca for Craft Beer in Austin

Craft beer fans — and there are millions today — have their favorite haunts for a variety of reasons. Some visit a brewery for the specialty beers. Others may be part of a beer-loving group that meets at a particular pub. Still, others might go for the food or the entertainment. In this Golden Age of craft beer, some lucky patrons may stumble across a brewery that offers all of the above, a total experience that celebrates the passion, authenticity, creativity and camaraderie of American craft beer. St. Elmo Brewing Company in Austin, Texas is one of these breweries. St. Elmo is a 15-barrel brewhouse founded in 2016 by Bryan Winslow and Tim Bullock. It has it all: a small […]

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Two Worlds Collide: Brewing and Distilling Are Growing Closer in the Artisan Marketplace

The old adage, “Beer before liquor…” may need an update. In the craft beverage market today, distillers and brewers are working together in increasingly more inventive ways. Historically, the two professions have seen little crossover. Just a few years ago, the only interaction between these two producers was typically seasonal barrel-aged beers where brewers rarely—if ever—met the distiller. This distance is somewhat perplexing, particularly when one considers that the essential ingredients of water, malt and yeast are the same for brewing and the majority of artisan distilling – particularly whisk(e)y. One of the first shifts came in 2003 when Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales added a distillery to their Milton, Delaware brewery. The spirits produced were small-batch and, for the […]

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Tapping Into Food Truck Territory

Increasingly, consumers, associations, and businesses are serving craft beer at their events with one stipulation: Bring cool beer on cool wheels that can roll right into the party. Mobile beer truck sightings are becoming as familiar as the ice cream trucks of yesterday. In May of 2017, the Kearny, New Jersey Police Benevolent Association’s annual Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival invited craft beer companies to park beer trucks at their popular event. Brix City Brewery, New Jersey Beer Company, and Pinelands Brewery all participated. Residents in both Chester and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania also benefit from the growing beer on wheels trend that started several years ago, thanks to Downingtown, Pennsylvania brewery, Victory Brewing Company’s Brewpub on Wheels (BPOW). This mobile […]

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Minnetonka Brewing & Distilling Equipment Company: Now, From Start to Finish

Founded just as the craft brewing boom began, Minnetonka Brewing & Distilling Equipment Company’s initial concept was to provide affordable, high-quality brewing equipment and accessories to the fast growing industry. Early on, industry veteran and founding partner, Dan Kahn, mentioned craft distilling would be the next craze, so we went in search of high-quality distilling solutions to add to our impressive line of brewing equipment. Minnetonka is excited to be associated with the fine folks at Squarrel Barrel. Enhancing and building upon the 2,000-year-old process of barrel aging, they have designed and developed, and are bringing to market, a new era of wood aging solutions. We’re a thrifty bunch at Squarrel, so we’re always looking for ways to conserve resources, […]

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Tied House Issues Looming in SEC-Regulated Crowdfunding? A Look One Year Later as Equity Crowdfunding Booms.

In May of 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) rules for equity crowdfunding went into effect, allowing for entities to offer equity securities in exchange for capital to non-accredited investors for the first time. Companies like Wefunder and Indiegogo/MicroVentures quickly moved into the equity crowdfunding space and began facilitating the offering of equity securities for breweries, distilleries, cideries, and restaurants. Equity crowdfunding took most state alcoholic beverage agencies by surprise, creating a “tied house nightmare” (as one state regulator put it) on inter-tier interests between alcoholic beverage producers and retailers. For example, if a single investor were to invest in both a restaurant and a brewery, it could be a violation of state tied house laws, and cause […]

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What Will You Do When the Big Boys Come Knocking?

You’re a craft brewer, winemaker, or distiller. You care about the quality of your product. Sure, it’s nice to make a salary, but for you it’s all about the product, not the money. That could change. You would, of course, still care about the beer, but what if you want to make more of it? Or even a whole lot more. What if you want to invest in your infrastructure, add tanks, add a new facility, or buy more barrels? What will you do to get to the next level? What are your or your company’s core values? Is your approach artisan or corporate? Artist or hobbyist? Do you want to make a living or a really good living?  How […]

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