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Craft Brewery Startup Workshop

Introduction

Work with experienced brewery business consultants in a workshop designed to help you develop a business plan, plan capital and business infrastructure, source equipment and ingredients, determine how to market and grow your business and discover relevant business laws necessary for a brewery owner to know.

craft breweryThis workshop will focus on moving forward with brewery logistics including beer brewing equipment needs and planning for brewery supplies, sourcing, legalities, distribution and marketing strategies for a small business. Instructors will give one-on-one feedback and leave you with a functional strategy for opening a business and operating your craft brewery.

You’ll gain entrepreneurial insight from exclusive access to brewery business founders through presentations and a Q/A panel. Take this opportunity to brew up a successful brewery business.

 

  

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Instructors - Bend

 

Nikos RidgeNikos Ridge, Ninkasi’s CEO, manages the senior management team and is responsible for the company’s allocation of resources. Nikos grew up in Eugene and moved to the East Coast for college and to pursue a career in finance before returning to Eugene, where he eventually helped launch Ninkasi.

Jamie FloydHailing from Cupertino, Calif., Jamie Floyd, Ninkasi’s founding brewer, oversees Ninkasi’s recipe development and creativity, assists with wholesale partnerships to establish the Ninkasi culture, and works with the internal marketing department on brand identity. To top it off, Jamie provides a wealth of knowledge to the community and Ninkasi staffers, offering classes in sensory, beer history and beer pairings.

Aaron BrodniakMr. Aaron Brodniak is a U.S. Coast Guard veteran that transitioned to the brewing industry and has over 18 years of craft brewing experience. He has worked in breweries ranging in size from 5 - 50 barrels and has held the titles of Head Brewer for a microbrewery and Regional Brewer for a chain of brewpubs. In his current role as a brewery consultant, he assists both start-up and operational breweries with business plans, human resource plans, strategic planning, recruitment, workforce planning, training and development, product development, marketing, brewery operations, brewing techniques, standard operating procedures, and sensory evaluation. Aaron has completed a marketing plan for a cyser (a type of fermented mead) company, produced cyser and is working on potential collaborations between cider makers and craft brewers. "I think the synergy between the two groups will be beneficial as the two industry's continue to grow." He resides in Edmonds, WA with his wife and two sons. Brodniak also authors a blog on Beer Business.

 

david richter instructor craft brewery workshopWith over 20 years of experience in the craft brewing segment, David Richter, Brew West Division Manager for Briess Malting Company is very passionate about everything beer.  Like a lot of commercial brewers he took his high school homebrew experience from the mid 80’s and parlayed it into a job with the Hops Brewhouse & Grill group in Tampa, Florida in the early 90’s.  Starting as head brewer of two locations, David helped the business grow to 75 breweries across the U.S. as Director of Brewing and Beverage supporting 45 brewers with everything from grain to glass in a 12+ year run.  He returned to University California-Davis, where he previously completed the General Certificate in Brewing and Packaging through the Institute and Guild of Brewing, to expand his fermentation beverage knowledge with the month long intensive wine marketing program.  As he was exploring the world of wine, he was contacted by Briess Malting Company (his former supplier) with the opportunity to help brewers across the western US troubleshoot brewhouse issues, formulate beers and general industry hysteria.  David currently lives in Seattle, WA with his wife, parrot, dwarf bunny and 4 chickens

Thad Fisco spent 25 years in the commercial construction and development business, including several projects installing and leasing to start up new restaurants and  brewery operations.  He founded Portland Kettle Works in 2011.  As the owner, he oversees the overall direction and vision of PKW, and assists clients in brewery siting, real estate and construction related matters.  
 
Joe Watzig, is an avid home brewer, and manages sales at PKW.  He concentrates his efforts on understanding local and state regulations regarding breweries and the craft brewing business, and correctly sizing breweries to the specific needs of our clients.  He and Thad collaborate with architects and clients as brewery layout and efficiency standards are the culmination of the brewery planning process.

karnopp petersen professional continuing education craft brewery startup workshop instructorsKarnopp Peterson LLP combines practice areas and expertise to create a robust, multidisciplinary approach to legal and business issues. They routinely counsel food and beverage industry professionals in the areas of business formation, lease agreements, employment law, intellectual property, land use, regulatory compliance and more

 

 

 



 

Instructors - Portland

Aaron BrodniakMr. Aaron Brodniak is a U.S. Coast Guard veteran that transitioned to the brewing industry and has over 18 years of craft brewing experience. He has worked in breweries ranging in size from 5 - 50 barrels and has held the titles of Head Brewer for a microbrewery and Regional Brewer for a chain of brewpubs. In his current role as a brewery consultant, he assists both start-up and operational breweries with business plans, human resource plans, strategic planning, recruitment, workforce planning, training and development, product development, marketing, brewery operations, brewing techniques, standard operating procedures, and sensory evaluation. Aaron has completed a marketing plan for a cyser (a type of fermented mead) company, produced cyser and is working on potential collaborations between cider makers and craft brewers. "I think the synergy between the two groups will be beneficial as the two industry's continue to grow." He resides in Edmonds, WA with his wife and two sons. Brodniak also authors a blog on Beer Business.

 

david richter instructor craft brewery workshopWith over 20 years of experience in the craft brewing segment, David Richter, Brew West Division Manager for Briess Malting Company is very passionate about everything beer.  Like a lot of commercial brewers he took his high school homebrew experience from the mid 80’s and parlayed it into a job with the Hops Brewhouse & Grill group in Tampa, Florida in the early 90’s.  Starting as head brewer of two locations, David helped the business grow to 75 breweries across the U.S. as Director of Brewing and Beverage supporting 45 brewers with everything from grain to glass in a 12+ year run.  He returned to University California-Davis, where he previously completed the General Certificate in Brewing and Packaging through the Institute and Guild of Brewing, to expand his fermentation beverage knowledge with the month long intensive wine marketing program.  As he was exploring the world of wine, he was contacted by Briess Malting Company (his former supplier) with the opportunity to help brewers across the western US troubleshoot brewhouse issues, formulate beers and general industry hysteria.  David currently lives in Seattle, WA with his wife, parrot, dwarf bunny and 4 chickens

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FAQ

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How much of my money do I get back if I withdraw from the workshop?

To receive a 100 percent refund (minus the non-refundable $50 registration fee) you must email the withdrawal request to learn@oregonstate.edu on or prior to seven days before the first day of class. All refund requests submitted after that deadline will be denied. Students who enroll into the course or program after that deadline will not receive a refund.

Exceptions to the seven day deadline for all courses, except self-paced online courses, will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Exceptions may be made for circumstances related to serious illness, travel issues, death in the family, etc. Written documentation must be provided. For approved exception requests, credit will be given for future PACE courses as opposed to a refund.

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