The Business of Brewing  -  January 28 - February 1, 2019 - The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center - Roanoke, Virginia
The Business of Brewing  -  January 28 - February 1, 2019 - The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center - Roanoke, Virginia



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How do you turn a passion for brewing into a successful business? Owning a brewery is more about running a business than brewing beer. Only 15 participants are accepted for this intimate 5-day class designed for brewers, entrepreneurs, and connoisseurs who wish to understand the essentials of opening a craft brewery.

Taught by successful brewers and owners as well as business professionals, each day will take you deeper into the process as you gather helpful information about:

  • Planning
  • Inventory Control
  • Crafting a Business Plan
  • Financing
  • Marketing
  • Distribution
  • Quality Control
  • Trademarking and Intellectual Property
  • Insurance
  • TTB and ABC Licensing
  • Vendors
  • Sourcing equipment and ingredients
  • Employee Relations

What our 2018 graduates had to say about the program:

The program really provided an in-depth look at the business aspect of running a brewery. I came in looking to learn what questions I needed to ask to properly plan the opening of my brewery, and it was exactly what I had hoped for - 5 stars.

This program should be your first investment in becoming a commercial brewer.

Excellent program. Wonderful and experienced trainers. Great value!

This program greatly exceeded my expectations. It was well organized throughout with the correct level of engagement and "recreation" by having field trips to breweries.

If you are considering or in the planning stages of opening a brewery then this is the course to take. It touches on all areas of the industry and allows you to make an informed decision and create a plan.

If you are looking to get into the craft beer business in Virginia, you have to go to this class. The industry knowledge that is concentrated into this one week is unparalleled in the quality and access to assistance.


For More Information Contact:
Robyn Smyth - robyn@vt.edu


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