In 2007, there were around 1500 breweries in the US. Today, that number has grown to over 6400. Locally, Charlotte had only one operating brewery ten years ago, Rock Bottom. Today there are 41, with many more in the planning stages. All new business, but especially breweries in today’s ultra-competitive climate need to do two things: one, show how they are different from all the new breweries and two, develop a good business plan to provide a strong platform to give themselves the best chance to succeed.
Also, to strengthen the craft beer industry, we must not only train new workers but seek workers traditionally not found in the business side of the craft beer industry. Craft Beer Consulting will serve as a conduit for best practices across the industry to promote diversity at all levels of the industry.