Welcome to the Start A Brewery podcast, where we discuss all things relating to start ups, open, and growing breweries from concept to execution. 

Our mission today is to discuss the inspiration to open a brewery, that dream as it first presented itself and began to take shape. Where did it begin, how long did you sit on that idea, and what people, hobbies, and other parts of your life contributed to this inspiration? And then – did elements of your original vision, this exciting but perhaps somewhat fuzzy idea, carry forward into your brewery?

Our guests:

  • Ron Jeffries, Founder and inspiration behind Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales with his wife, Laurie,
  • Ray Astamendi, Co-Founder and original Head Brewer at Saint Archer, Mission & Fall Brewing among others,
  • Charlie Gottenkieny, award-winning homebrewer, Co-Founder, Head Brewer and Educator at Bruz Beers, and
  • Jamil Zainacheff, award-winning homebrewer, author, beer judge, and host of “The Jamil Show” and “Brew Strong” shows on The Brewing Network, and Founder of Heretic Brewing Co.

About StartABrewery

StartABrewery is a collaboration amongst a fun group of craft beer industry veterans who are often invited to speak at beer business / brewing education programs. Each has offered to share their knowledge and experience to support the craft beer community as a whole by helping fledgling breweries in planning.

Conceived and coordinated by Candace L. Moon, The Craft Beer Attorney, and Laura Lodge of  Customized Craft Beer Programs, StartABrewery is provided as an educational resource for those dreaming of opening a brewery, those who are taking steps to make their dream a reality, and those who are opening their brewery doors and living it.

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John Holl is the editor of All About Beer Magazine.