Going Pro: 5 Seminars on Professional Brewing

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Many of today’s 9,500+ independent craft breweries in the US were opened by homebrewers. If you’re considering taking the journey from amateur to professional brewer, these seminar recordings are one of the most powerful resources available to you.

The Homebrew Con Seminar recordings archives feature 20+ presentations.

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.


1. Crash Course in the Business of Brewing

Speakers: Dustin Ford, Jennifer Glanville, Megan Baker, Megan Parisi | Homebrew Con 2018 (Portland, OR)

Do you know you have the drive, passion, and talent it takes to quit your day job and open up shop? The road to entrepreneurship can twist more than your tubing, but fear not! Samuel Adams has assembled a team of brewing and business pros to help you navigate the process, from seeking funding to registering products with your state and scaling brew sizes. This hour will be jam-packed with all the wisdom a brewer needs before opening the doors and will allow plenty of time for questions.


2. 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.


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.


4. 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.


5. 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.

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