Going Pro: 5 Homebrew Con Seminars on Professional Brewing

Homebrew-Con-Seminrs_900x645By Matt Bolling, American Homebrewers Association

The vast majority of today’s 7,000+ independent craft breweries in the US were opened by homebrewers. If you’re considering taking the journey from amateur to professional brewer, the Homebrew Con Going Pro seminar track recordings are one of the most powerful resources available to you.

The Homebrew Con Seminar recordings archives feature more than 20 different Going Pro presentations from past conferences.

These five seminar recordings are just a preview of the wealth of information in the archives that is available to AHA members thinking about turning their hobby into a career.

Access to these seminar recordings is an exclusive benefit of AHA membership. Not a member? Take AHA membership for a test spin with our 30-day free trial (no payment info collected)!


1. Top 10 Legal Mistakes Start-Up Breweries Make

Speaker: Candace L. Moon, Esq. (The Craft Beer Attorney)  |  Homebrew Con 2015 (San Diego, CA)

For homebrewers planning to open a commercial brewery, there are numerous legal steps that should be taken to help protect yourself and the business. Without knowing what you need to do, it can be very easy to run afoul of the law. This seminar will discuss some of the most common legal mistakes start-up breweries make.


2. From 5 to 5,000 Gallons: What to Look for in a Brewery Space

Speaker: Scott Katzer (Katzer Consulting Engineers, Inc)  |  Homebrew Con 2016 (Baltimore, MD)

Learn from real-world examples about potential issues and vulnerabilities that plague facilities during design and construction and the methodology used to identify them before problems arise. Learn the questions to ask to better assess building infrastructure and understand how the implementation of sometimes simple concepts can reduce potential inefficiencies and foster long-term growth.


3. Frankenbrew: Are Pieced-Together Systems Still Viable?

Speaker: Tom Hennessy (Colorado Boy Brewing Co.)  |  Homebrew Con 2016 (Baltimore, MD)

It has been over 20 years since Tom Hennessy first made the video Frankenbrew: How to Build A Brewery for Under $20,000. Is it still possible now to put together a commercial brewing system for less than $20,000? Tom took the challenge; come learn what he found out.


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4. Building a Business Plan for Funding and the SBA

Speaker: Tim Soczka  |  Homebrew Con 2017 (Minneapolis, MN)

Starting a business is hard, especially if you do not have a BA degree. Learn how to build the content and financials that lending institutions look for into your business plan. We’ll go over the necessary documentation and recommendations for a successful meeting with the lenders and the Small Business Association (SBA), including accounting and business analytics.


5. Often Overlooked in New Brewery Ventures: Quality, Safety, and Sustainability beyond the Garage

Speaker: Matt Stinchfield (Brewers Association Safety Ambassador)  |  Homebrew Con 2019 (Providence, RI)

Things change when you scale up from a homebrew batch to your first commercial brewery, and we aren’t just talking recipe dynamics. Energy supplies and waste production increase substantially. Quality issues can cost real money and break reputations when batches are bigger. And the increased power of commercial brewery chemicals and kettle energy bring new safety concerns. This is the talk every new brewer wishes they’d had before they launched.

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Browse through the entire archive of Homebrew Con Seminar recordings on HomebrewersAssociation.org. 

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