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Craft vs. Crafty: What Exactly is a Beer Startup?

This is a late entry into the debate of craft beer versus faux-craft, and there’s a good reason why: I’ve been having a hard time articulating just why I think the debate has been so wrong. Backstory On December 13th, a few high ranking members of the Brewer’s Association wrote an article in the St. Louis Dispatch titled Craft or crafty? Consumers deserve to know the truth in which the authors attempt to call attention to the problem of “faux craft” beer being made by the large international conglomerate breweries, namely Anheuser Busch-InBev (ABI) and MillerCoors, henceforth to be...

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Is Crowdfunding Worth It?

By now, you’ve probably backed – or been asked to back – something on Kickstarter. For artists and many small community-focused businesses, it’s the cool thing to do and, frankly, a great way to raise the capital you need without having to get involved in a complex business relationship with investors. It’s also a fantastic way to build a community of interested potential patrons around your business. There are also Kickstarter alternatives popping up – IndieGoGo and Ulule to name a couple – as well as a new Raleigh-based startup, Equity Shack, that is taking advantage of newly passed...

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Starting a Brewery Is No Different Than Founding a Tech Startup

One of the first things that people like to assume when they find out that I own a brewery is that I sit around and get trashed all day at work. But it’s the same for you, right? “A tech startup!? Man, I LOVE ping pong and foosball!” Not that all of you necessarily go out of your way to contradict that notion. But hey, neither do I. Starting up a brewery is different than starting a tech company in one major way: All of that work that you did at home, at a coffee shop, on your couch,...

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