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A Brewer’s Guide to Opening a Nano Brewery: Your $10,000 Brewery Consultant for $15, Vol. 1

A Brewer’s Guide to Opening a Nano Brewery: Your ,000 Brewery Consultant for , Vol. 1

A Brewer's Guide to Opening a Nano Brewery: Your ,000 Brewery Consultant for , Vol. 1

Dan Woodske is the owner and brewer at his own nanobrewery, the Beaver Brewing Company in Beaver Falls Pennsylvania. Starting as an avid homebrewer he wondered why there wasn’t a brewery within an hour drive of his home…that’s when he decided to take his passion for brewing to the pro level.  This book describes everything you need from buying brewery equipment, marketing your beer, licensing, running your brewing, and finding that perfect space. The process of opening a brewery can seem daun

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  1. 39 of 47 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Not what I expected and not much help, October 4, 2012
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    Zach “Zach” (Portland, OR) –

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    This review is from: A Brewer’s Guide to Opening a Nano Brewery: Your $10,000 Brewery Consultant for $15, Vol. 1 (Paperback)

    I will start by saying that the author, to the best of my knowledge, is running a successful nano brewery and cheers to him for doing so. Also know that this review is coming from someone who is an engineer, does a lot of reading about brewing and is in an area where he can speak with microbrewery people with some regularity. That said, this book was horribly disappointing to me and I do not recommend buying it.

    Between the short overall length and the fact that it is formatted like a high school student who was supposed to write a 10 page paper and only has 7 (large spacing, bigger font, etc until it was long enough) limited the amount of information that could be in it. I was hoping it would be concise and useful, it was not. Instead the book, in my opinion, is 80% masturbatory fluff where the author appears to be proudly sounding off about what he has done with examples and stories that are not really value added to someone trying to start a nano brewery. There are a small amount of lessons learned sprinkled through this book but had I taken notes of things I learned, I think it would have fit on half a sheet of paper. The book is written in a very non-technical way for an audience that is doing something that relies on science quite a bit which seems strange to me. It is very heavy into the author’s voice and it was not one that I was very welcoming of personally. Many reviews on here like this, I hated it.

    I honestly feel this is one of the lowest value added books I have read and certainly the worst for brewing. It really did come across as someone writing a book for the sake of selling a book rather than trying to help people. There are many people on here that gave this book great reviews and I might just be the minority but if you are technically minded, I’d be very hesitant to buy this book.

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  2. 18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Decent text to help you get started…, June 20, 2012
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    This review is from: A Brewer’s Guide to Opening a Nano Brewery: Your $10,000 Brewery Consultant for $15, Vol. 1 (Paperback)

    I read this book in one night, and then read it again the next. He reviews pretty much everything you need to consider before starting a nanobrewery, from knowing your market, the order how things need to be done (rental, permits etc), how to sell your beer at a nanoscale, and how to cut the corners you will certainly need to cut in order to make a nanobrewery work.

    What I liked: I really liked the style of writing. It’s very personable and you feel like you’re talking to a good homebrew buddy about the business. The marketing section, PR section, and sales section were also very helpful. Finally, I really liked the little tips throughout the book that apply specifically to those who want to make a nanobrewery work (e.g. make your own tap handles).

    What could use improvement: there are several grammar/spelling/typographical errors throughout the book. They’re not really a big deal, but they’re there. Also, some areas could have been expanded on. Maybe I just feel that way now because I am like an expanding sponge looking for more knowledge to fill my nooks and crannies so I can be sure to make this thing work.

    I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to take the homebrewing to the next step. As a side note, I emailed Dan (the Author and Brewmaster of Beaver Brewing) asking him a few questions about the biz. He kindly responded promptly and helpfully. I’m about 2 hours from his brewery and think I might try to venture up there with some homebrew buddies. Hell, I might even try his Kvass!

    Thanks Dan!

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  3. 10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good Stepping Stone, July 20, 2012
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    BK (NJ) –

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    This review is from: A Brewer’s Guide to Opening a Nano Brewery: Your $10,000 Brewery Consultant for $15, Vol. 1 (Paperback)

    I thought this book was a great insight into opening a nano/micro brewery, it lays the groundwork for what you actually need to do; buying the equipment, licensing, finding a space, etc. It’s a short read, it only took me a total of 2 hours; reading a little bit at a time over the period of a day. Dan Woodske writes very candidly, and at times I chuckled out loud as to some of his stories, insights and anecdotes. There are a few grammatical errors in this book, but it doesn’t detract from his writing style or the substance of the book itself. Obviously since it is such a short book, it doesn’t cover every single aspect of opening a brewery, but it gives you a good idea of what you should be researching and doing. In all honesty, no book is going to tell you how to open your specific brewery, only you will be able to do that with some research, capital and your own experiences. For me, I’m a new homebrewer and I need to get better, I’ve only brewed two batches, but I think this book has really planted the seed that opening a brewery, although it may be hard work, is a very attainable goal, for anyone who wants to take the plunge.

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