MicroBrewr 025: A religious experience at the homebrew club, with Studio Brew.

MicroBrewr 025: A religious experience at the homebrew club

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.”

Listener question:

From Mel Troha: Is a nanobrewpub always easier to start and sustain than a production nanobrewery?

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An upcoming beer style:

Session IPA

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MicroBrewr 001: Setting Your Brewery Apart and the Beauty of Jorts w/ Mayday Brewery

Welcome to the First Ever MicroBrewr Podcast!!

Since this is the first podcast, I thought I’d take a second to explain what the typical game plan is for all of our podcasts.  I’m so excited to get this going since there are so many amazing people in craft brewing!  Through interviews with current brewery owners, we can dig in to see what’s working and what mistakes to avoid when planning to start or running your craft brewery.  We’ll cover craft beer trends, distribution, designing a brewing space, getting the most out of your current equipment, planning for expansions, marketing and branding, social media, raising money, permitting, festivals, getting your beer in more people’s hands and everything else in between.  This podcast is also about supporting the craft beer industry and all of the awesome people who make it up.  If you have any suggestions or a great story you think we should share, send me a message and let’s talk!  Sit back, grab your favorite craft beer and let’s have some fun!    

Setting Yourself Apart with Mayday Brewery

In our first podcast, I had a blast talking with Ozzy Nelson from Mayday Brewery.  One of first things that really made me want to talk to Ozzy is stumbling across a couple of videos that they had done to promote the opening of their brewery and a Chicken and Jorts event (if you don’t know what jorts are we’ll explain in the podcast).  You can tell that they are really having fun at the brewery and sets the tone for anyone visiting Mayday.

In this episode we’ll talk about:

  • How to raise money for your brewery
  • Picking a location and a unique way to get funding
  • Using social media to promote your brewery
  • How to get food for your customers without having a kitchen on site
  • How to book and attract bands on a limited budget
  • Putting yourself out there and building a personal relationship with your fans

Check Out Mayday Brewery

We’re all in this craft beer movement together so if you’re in the Tennessee area, make sure to check out and support a great small business in your community!  Here’s some of the links to find out more about Mayday Brewery.  Don’t forget to check out a couple of videos from Mayday which are great.

Links Mentioned in the Podcast:

Mayday Brewery Facebook Page

Mayday Twitter Page

Mayday Website

Pilot Videos for Mayday

Chicken and Jorts Promotion

DME Brewing Equipment

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And Finally… A Couple of Videos For Your Enjoyment

Mayday Brewery Promo Video by Storyville USA from Ozzy Nelson on Vimeo.


HC&JS promo #3 from Mayday Brewery on Vimeo.

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