Learn the Business of Beer from the Founders of Ninkasi and Other Industry Pros

Designed For
Serious entrepreneurs hoping to starting a commercial craft brewery or brew pub.
New Dates Coming Soon!
On-site | Eugene, OR
Five days
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From Asheville and Boston to Portland and Seattle, Oregon State University has played a central role in advancing the field of fermentation sciences, as well as helping entrepreneurs learn how to start breweries and find their own unique place in the craft beer business with their own distinctive brands. And since 2013, participants in our accelerated Craft Brewery Startup Workshop have become some of the most inspired (and well-prepared) industry startups.

Our Craft Brewery Startup Workshop offers an enriching and accelerated path to help ensure your own brewery business is a success. Thanks to OSU’s uniquely close partnerships with leading craft brewers and equipment makers, participants will receive:

  • More direct and hands-on coverage of the essentials for a well-designed, financially sustainable brewery operation
  • Invaluable, behind-the-scenes insights on the financial and operational inner workings of a successful startup brewery
  • Access to industry leaders and the opportunity to network with other up-and-coming brewers
  • Personalized feedback on your own plans that integrate the factors you must consider for your brewery operation


  • 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.
  • 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 that transitioned to the brewing industry and has over 20 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. Before joining the team at Diamond Knot Craft Brewing as the Director of Quality, Aaron worked as a consultant for craft breweries to develop business plans, brewery operations, product development, human resource development plans, and standard operating procedures. He is also an instructor on business plans for Oregon State University’s Professional and Continuing Education program (Craft Brewery Startup Workshop). He attended the Siebel Short Course on Brewing, earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management from Portland State University and a Master’s in Management from American Public University.

  • 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.

  • Jason H. Barker, Holland & Knight LLP

    Jason H. Barker is a Portland business attorney who practices in the areas of alcohol beverage regulation, corporate law and securities.

    Jason represents domestic and international clients, including breweries, distilleries, wineries, distributors, importers and retailers in all three tiers of the alcohol beverage industry. These clients range in size from large, national suppliers and wholesalers of beer, wine and distilled spirits to purveyors of local artisanal products, including craft beer and distilled spirits. He counsels these clients on regulatory and licensing matters, advertising and promotional law, nationwide pricing strategies, marketing programs, advertising campaigns, importation matters, trade practices and inter-tier relations. Jason's advertising and trade practices experience includes advice to clients regarding the use of digital marketing and promotional strategies. He also draws upon his general corporate and transactional background to advise alcohol beverage clients regarding contractual and general business matters.

    In addition, Jason regularly advises businesses ranging in size from small startup and emerging growth companies to public companies with respect to various corporate and securities matters, including the negotiation and drafting of a wide range of commercial contracts, mergers and acquisitions, private placements and public offerings, corporate governance and corporate planning for closely held businesses.

  • Tanner Davies

    Tanner Davies works for Country Malt Group, a leading supplier of malt and other brewing ingredients for the beer industry where he helps breweries to procure the raw goods needed for brewing. He is the Territory Manager for Washington, Oregon, and Northern California for Country Malt Group. Previously, he was the Senior Brewer at Gordon Biersch Brewing Company.