In 2009 Erich Allen had a “religious experience” the first time he went to a homebrew club. He started brewing all-grain batches and made 7 beers in one week. Soon he had a dream to open a brewery. Then it became his passion, and then his obsession. So he and his wife visited 48 breweries around the nation to get advice before they converted a photography studio at their home into a 3-BBL nano brewery: Studio Brew in Kingsport, Tennessee.
Erich tells great stories. He takes us on the long journey through the many permitting agencies. At first it didn’t seem possible to have a brewery at his home. But by working with the staff at the permitting agencies, they found a way and did it all working with the system.
Erich is an eloquent speaker. There are many gems in this episode including:
“I respect the beer styles that were set forth centuries ago, but try to make something that people will say, ‘That was the best beer ever.’”
“That’s what it’s all about: Make craft beer to share with those who love beer.”
From Mel Troha: Is a nanobrewpub always easier to start and sustain than a production nanobrewery?
- The Brewers Association’s Guide to Starting Your Own Brewery by Dick Cantwell.
- Brewing Up a Business: Adventures in Beer from the Founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery by Sam Calagione.
- The Art of War by Sun Tzu.
Check out the entire list of recommended books, click here.
An upcoming beer style:
- Tri-Cities Beer Alliance homebrew club.
- Overmountain Brewers homebrew club.
- State of Franklin Homebrewers homebrew club.
- 61 Brewers Speak Out: What I Wish I’d Known Before Starting a Brewery by Joe Shelerud, February 9, 2014.
- Avery Brewing, Boulder, Colorado.
- Grain & Vine Design Studio, FMD Architects.
- Brewed For Her Ledger, LLC Accounting, finance, operations strategy for the beer industry.
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