Kyle Roth is just about to finish the brewing apprenticeship through Platform Beer Co.’s incubator program. Soon he, his brother and cousins, partners in Ferndock Brewing Company in Sandusky, Ohio, will venture out on their own.
We heard from Paul Benner, who told us about Platform Beer Co.’s incubator program, in MicroBrewr Podcast episode 026. Kyle is the first person to go through the brewing apprenticeship program and he’s so glad that he did.
The apprenticeship gave Kyle a jumpstart in everything he needs to know to open a brewery.
His advice to a homebrewer who wants to start a commercial brewery:
- Start earlier
- Make connections
- Find a mentor
- Talk to brewers
“Best idea so far has been joining Platform Beer Co. and taking this opportunity to go pro.” [Tweet This]
From Jimmy Batte: How do you get your percent cost mark up? Is there a typical 30% you apply to everything? What is the general guideline?
- 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.
Check out the entire list of recommended books, click here.
An upcoming beer style:
- MicroBrewr 026: A microbrewery, a taproom, and a brewery incubator, September 9, 2014.
- Platform Beer Co. incubator program.
- Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS), U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
- Jack McAuliffe, Father of American Craft Brew, Brings Back New Albion Ale, by Devin Leonard, Business Week, March 29, 2013.
- Beers You Should Know And Drink: Gose, by Sean M. Buchan, Serious Eats, May 7, 2013.
- How Much Does Your Beer Really Cost? Establishing an Effective Beer Costing Program in the Brewpub, by Scott Metzger, Brewers Association, October 30, 2012.
- Echo Brewing Company, Colorado.
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