How to Start, Own and Operate a Craft Brewery

“I want to put a ding in the universe.” -Steve Jobs

Raise your hand if you want to start a craft brewery. According to the Brewer’s Association, 15 new breweries are opening each and every week in the U.S. That’s a lot of hands in the air.

Now, raise your hand if you want a road map to follow with details on exactly how to start your own craft brewery.

The Brew Kit from Bernstein Shur law firm provides a simple, summarized version of the steps needed to start your dream brewery.

  • Legal entity formation: 12 months before start date
  • Brand identify and trademark protection: 12 months before start
  • Financing and real estate: 10 months before start
  • Federal licensing and compliance: 9 months before start
  • State licensing and compliance: 4 months before start
  • Brew day! Start your engines!

The Brew Kit provides a nice summary of the action items and timelines you’ll need to follow. Give Bernstein Shur a call for more details.

For in-depth guidance on starting your own brewery check out the Craft Brewery Financial Training Start Up Brewery Course.

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Yours in the craft beer dream,

Kary Shumway, CPA