How to Start a Brewery

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

PKW has helped start more than 250 breweries using our proven process:
10 steps to start a brewery

Each of the breweries featured below have completed these same 10 steps, and now, they each share advice they learned during this process.

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Successful Breweries Share Their Advice

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Michael Carroll, Head Brewer, with his Michelin-starred brewpub's PKW Fermenters

Band of Bohemia Brewpub
Chicago, Illinois, USA
The World’s First Michelin-Starred Brewpub

“Most of opening
a brewery is an
unfounded, uncontrollable urge
that you have to do this.”

Southerleigh Fine Food and Brewery Historic Building

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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Brewmaster Ernesto Herrera Operating La Bru's PKW Brewhouse

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.”

Tres Eles Brewery Cerveza Artesanal

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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Raymond Miller, Brewmaster of Vizsla Brewing with his Brewhouse

Vizsla Brewing
Havre, Montana, USA
From Homebrewer to Professional

“If people don’t know you exist, you won’t be in business long.”

PKW Fermenters with Lowercase Head Brewer John Marti

Lowercase Brewing Company
Seattle, Washington, USA
From Homebrewer to Professional Brewer

“Given another shot, I’d totally do it over… just perhaps a bit differently.”

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Bent Barley Veteran-Owned Brewery Manway Cover

Bent Barley Brewing Company
Aurora, Colorado, USA
Veteran-Owned Brewery

“We made a point of hiring
beertender & service staff
who were craft beer lovers

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Coming soon…

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How to Start a Brewery:
Advice from successful breweries

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