Brewery Workshop

Georgia Craft Brewers Guild partners with local business for Dreamer’s Workshop

Those planning (or dreaming) of starting a brewery are invited to attend the FREE Dreamer’s Workshop hosted by the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild in association with Porter Keadle Moore and other local businesses and brewery owners.
The workshop covers all about what it takes to start a brewery/brewpub from the ground up, as well as the practical steps that “dreamers” need to consider along the way. It’ll feature a panel with accounting, legal, and investment banking experts as well as a brewer’s panel with owners from some of the most successful craft breweries in Georgia (Creature Comforts, Monday Night Brewing, and others).  Attendees will not only get a chance to hear their stories but to ask any questions they have relating to starting their own brewery/brew pub. Nancy Palmer will also be opening up the event with an update on the SB 85 legislation and what this means for the future of the craft brewing industry in our state.

The event will be hosted at Eventide Brewing on March 6th from 3:30 – 7:00 PM.  It’s free to attend but does require advance registration.

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Brewery Dreamers Workshop

Monday, March 6, 2017
3:30 – 7:00 PM
Eventide Brewing Company
1015 Grant St SE, Atlanta, GA  30315

3:30 – 3:40pm – Welcome and SB85 Update
Pat Tuley, PKM
Nancy Palmer, Georgia Craft Brewer’s Guild

3:40-4:30pm – Expert Business Panel
Most up-and-coming brewery owners start their business in order to share their passion for beer, which is why the industry is so vibrant and creative. However, as with any other industry, having a complete and functional business plan is key to being successful. Our seasoned panelists will discuss many of the topics that have proven most difficult to dreamers wanting to start their own brewery, including:

  • Importance and timing of engaging a CPA, Attorney, and Banker
  • Navigating pros/cons of entity types (C Corp, S Corp, LLC, LLP, etc.)
  • Funding/Developing successful budgets through investors, Management investor funding, and loans
  • Physical Location assessments
  • Distributor Evaluations 

Pat Tuley, PKM
Taylor Harper, TFH
Jason Sleeman, FTB

4:30-5:30pm – Expert Brewer’s Panel
Many of Georgia’s best craft brewers had their fair share of challenges during the pre-formation and formation stages of their businesses. One thing that they all have in common, however, is that they were able to not only identify, but also successfully navigate these obstacles. During this panel, you will be able to hear stories from owners and take advantage of their experiences through learning ways to apply their best practices to your own future brewery or brewpub.

oel Iverson, Monday Night Brewing
Chris Herron, Creature Comforts
Jason Santamaria, Second Self
Tracy Sinclair, Dry County
Bob Sandage, Wrecking Bar Brewpub

5:30-7:00pm – Breakout Stations & Social Hour
Enjoy appetizers and Eventide beer while networking with fellow Dreamer’s! Financial, legal and investment banking experts will also stick around to have conversations and answer any detailed questions you may want to ask.