How to Start a Brewery

Portland Kettle Works presents an on-going informational series designed to help you learn: how to start a brewery

Featuring advice from successful brewers who’ve started breweries of their own and presented via 5 questions with the brewery founders

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Portland Kettle Works has successfully started more than 200 breweries using our proven 10-step process (see diagram above):

  1. Concept – Decide what you’ll offer customers & how it will differ from other breweries
  2. Brewer’s School – Gain the knowledge & experience to master the brewing process
  3. Business Plan – Define your objectives & the strategies required to achieve them
  4. Financing – Secure the financing you will need to buy equipment & start your brewery
  5. Location – Identify the site & the building where your business will reside
  6. Layout – Develop the architectural & engineering drawings of your brewery’s internal space
  7. Construction – Build or renovate a building to the specifications in your layout
  8. Installation – Set up the brewery equipment so that you can begin brewing
  9. Commission – Test & operate all systems and functions of the business
  10. Grand Opening – Welcome your customers into your working brewery & business

Each of the breweries below have successfully started a brewery by completing these 10 steps. Let Portland Kettle Works help you start your own brewery.

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Steam Theory Brewing Team with PKW Brewhouse

Southerleigh Fine Food and Brewery
San Antonio, Texas, USA
A Brewery Restaurant in a Historic Location

“You’ll find a way to succeed.
You just have to fight for it.”

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Hillenbrand Farmhaus Brewery with PKW Fermenters

Hillenbrand Farmhaus Brewery
Newcastle, California, USA
A Working Farm Brewery

“I just put my head down
and didn’t look up
until it was finished”

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Tres Eles Brewery Cerveza Artesanal

Cerveceria La Bru
Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico
A Mexican Brewery Creating
Traditional European Styles

“Unemployment combined with
a great love for craft beer
are a magic combination of factors”

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Cerveza Tres Eles
Mexico City, Mexico
A Mexican Artisanal Brewery

“Today we are in
more than 130
bars, restaurants, & hotels”

Graff Brygghus PKW Brewing Equipment

Graff Brygghus
Tromsø, Norway
A Norwegian Craft Brewery

“We had to stop dreaming
and make a decision”

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How to Start a Brewery:
Advice from successful breweries

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