Andrew Huerter comes from a family of brewers. His parents were founding members of the Kansas City Beer Meisters homebrew club and his dad won a blue ribbon for one of his beers. Now Drew is following in their footsteps. He worked at a handful of breweries and before helping put together BrainDead Brewing in Dallas, Texas.
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One of the biggest difficulties was the city permitting processes. The city was concerned about the explosive hazards of grain dust.
BrainDead Brewing was required to submit a certified engineer’s report verifying that the explosive hazard was below the threshold.
Just a few years ago in 2011, there were only 3 breweries in North Texas. Now there are 40, and just 2 independent brewpubs in Dallas-Fort Worth area, says Drew. Perhaps the city is experiencing growing pains from and industry that has grown a lot in a very short time.
Drew emphasizes the important of details when budgeting for your startup brewery. His biggest mistake was missing a line item on the budget.
Although they had budgeted for the purchase of a glycol chiller, they forgot to include installation costs. That amounted to a $50,000 mistake.
On the other hand, the best idea was to start out with a focus on making ales. It’s a proven model, says Drew, but these days it’s done often. Drew says ales are easy drinking and really approachable, so BrainDead Brewing could sell a lot of them to establish themself in the market.
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An upcoming beer style:
- Kansas City Beer Meisters, homebrew club.
- Morgan Street Brewery, St. Louis, Missouri.
- The Schlafly Tap Room, St. Louis, Missouri.
- Deep Ellum Brewing Co., Dallas, Texas.
- Foeder Crafters of America, St. Louis, Missouri.
- Heavy Riff Brewing Company, St. Louis, Missouri.
You can reach Drew Huerter and BrainDead Brewing at:
- Facebook: braindeadbrew
- Twitter: braindeadbrew
- Instagram: braindeadbrew
- Untappd: BrainDeadBrewing
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