I just got back from a trip to Portland, OR.  Part personal vacation, part brewery research trip, I definitely came home with a lot of insights.  Thanks to the owners of Beetje Brewery and Breakside Brewery for being great hosts and giving me some great advice. One thing I noticed was there seemed to be [...]

By | 2016-04-19T09:19:51+00:00 April 30th, 2011|Brewery, Startup, The Industry|0 Comments

PLCB Interview

Two weeks ago I sent in my paperwork to the PA Liquor Control Board for a brewery license.  I thought I'd share a bit about the process for anyone thinking of setting up in PA, for anyone else this might be a bit dry. The packet you download asks for a lot of information about [...]

By | 2016-04-19T09:19:51+00:00 April 17th, 2011|Brewery, Startup|0 Comments

A few quick updates

It's been a while, I have been super busy with brewery related activities as well as a few personal projects.  I'm going to need to learn how to juggle work and personal time eventually.  So what has been going on?  Well, I've met a few times with the architects to discuss the plans for the [...]

By | 2016-04-19T09:19:51+00:00 April 12th, 2011|Brewery, Startup|0 Comments

Homeless no more

After several months of looking and many hours spent in dank, dark warehouse I've finally found somewhere for the brewery!  I just signed the lease yesterday.  Saint Benjamin will be calling South Kensington home for at least the next several years, hopefully longer.  I've got almost 2,000sq ft to spread out in so I should [...]

By | 2016-04-19T09:19:51+00:00 March 24th, 2011|Brewery, Startup|0 Comments


The past few weeks have had me swamped with beer related activities, from touring warehouses to ordering equipment (and cutting huge checks for it!).  I nearly forgot to post about the  experience of sharing my beer at the FNA Chili-cookoff. There were some issues leading up to the cook-off, I tried to brew a batch [...]

By | 2016-04-19T09:19:51+00:00 March 20th, 2011|Brewery, Startup|0 Comments

A New Direction

After all the hassle of zoning I was pretty burned out.  Luckily my girlfriend and I had a trip planned for new years so I could get away from it all.  Relaxing on an island with some old friends did wonders for my mood.  Island beer helped too.  I also brought a book with me [...]

By | 2011-03-04T10:11:46+00:00 March 4th, 2011|Brewery, Startup|0 Comments

The Zoning Debacle (Part IV)

Ok, it's time to put this one to bed.  I've managed to vent about most of the people who pissed me off or disappointed me and it has been very theraputic.  There are now some really positive things going on with my brewery and I'd rather be writing about those. After the neighborhood meeting I [...]

By | 2011-03-01T14:48:58+00:00 March 1st, 2011|Brewery, Startup|0 Comments

The Zoning Debacle (Part III)

Ok, I will probably keep this short since the whole thing was so frustrating, maybe I will come back to it later.  After my weird run in at the pre-screening I had my neighborhood zoning meeting scheduled.  I told my next door neighbor about it, he had been supportive of me so far but he [...]

By | 2011-02-26T09:31:17+00:00 February 26th, 2011|Brewery, Startup|0 Comments

The Zoning Debacle (Part II)

I decided to keep going with this and also to write up a more detailed account of my own experience trying to go through zoning in Fishtown.  Partly to get this off my chest but also to serve as a guide to other people who want to propose any project, in Fishtown or elsewhere, so [...]

By | 2011-02-23T15:51:06+00:00 February 23rd, 2011|Brewery, Startup|0 Comments

What’s in a name?

After I decided I wanted to build a nanobrewery in part of my house I knew I needed a name for my business.  As I mentioned in my previous post about beer names, I think because history is so much on people's mind when they think of breweries that a name that really connected me [...]

By | 2011-02-22T13:33:43+00:00 February 22nd, 2011|Brewery, Startup|0 Comments