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A course for ​serious entrepreneurs hoping to start a craft brewery or brewpub
In Portland, Ore.: Online Apr 22 - May 6, 2015 and onsite May 9-12, 2015 OR
In Bend, Ore.:​ Onsite Sept 21 - 25, 2015
Spring Course: Online and onsite in Portland, Ore.
Fall Course: Onsite in Bend, Ore.
$1,275 plus a $50 non-refundable registration fee

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.

This 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.

A presentation highlighting the business and entrepreneurship portion of the workshop, as well as class schedule and topics in detail, can be seen by clicking the button above.

Click here to see this year's syllabus.

Click here for the 2015 Guide to Portland.

  • Recognition of brewing opportunities in your community to allow you to start a business.
  • Process of creating a sustainable business plan for your brewery.
  • Best practices for growing and marketing your brewery.
  • Current trends in the brewing industry.
  • Elements of a successful craft brewery company and management culture.
  • Nikos Ridge

    Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi 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 Floyd

    Hailing from Cupertino, Calif., Jamie Floyd, Ninkasi 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 Brodniak

    Aaron Brodniak is a U.S. Coast Guard veteran who transitioned to the brewing industry and has more than 18 years of craft brewing experience. He has worked in breweries ranging in size from five to 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, Wash. with his wife and two sons.

  • David Richter

    With more than 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 and parlayed it into a job with the Hops Brewhouse & Grill group in Tampa, Fla. Starting as head brewer of two locations, David helped the business grow to 75 breweries across the U.S. During his 12+ years as Director of Brewing and Beverage, he supported 45 brewers with everything from grain to glass.  He  completed the General Certificate in Brewing and Packaging through the Institute and Guild of Brewing at University of California, Davis. Now, as Division Manager West at Briess Malting Company, David helps brewers across the western U.S. 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

    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

    Joe Watzig, is an avid home brewer, and manages sales at Portland Kettle Works.  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 Fisco, owner of PKW, collaborate with architects and clients as brewery layout and efficiency standards are the culmination of the brewery planning process.

  • Karnopp Peterson LLP

    Karnopp 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.

Nothing like this class existed five years ago when I entered the beer brewing industry. I spent a lot of time and effort reaching out to other professionals, but this class brought them right to me. It was a great networking experience.
Audra Gaiziunas - ​Portland Craft Brewery Startup Workshop participant, 2014