The Start A Brewery Podcast

Episode 010 harkens back to Episode 003: Foundational Elements, and continues with the critical decision making of Ownership, Kitchens, and what kind of brewery approach you will be using. Beginning with a thorough discussion of strategies and pitfalls of various locations, our guests work their way through approaches to design, working with contractors, architects & other professionals, functionality above and beyond such as solar or water sustainability practices or equipment, and more. Dustin, Andy & Derek offer best practices as well as examples of challenges created by issues at this juncture on their journey.

T. Dustin Hauck, Principal, Hauck Architecture
With over twenty-five years experience in the profession, Dustin has participated in all aspects of architectural practice. As principal of the firm, he is the driving force behind all of the firm’s projects and designs, responsible for project management and document production. A local resident of San Diego, California, since 1985, Dustin began his architectural career in 1996, and founded Hauck Architecture twelve years later. His background includes a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the Hammons School of Architecture at Drury University, study at the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland, and hands-on experience in the construction industry while assisting his family in their many construction endeavors. Dustin’s combination of thorough analysis, client considerations, and attention to detail constitute the foundation of Hauck Architecture’s approach to every project, whether it’s a green home design, a sustainable restaurant renovation, production brewery, or ADA code compliance upgrades.

Derek Wasak - Founder, Lead Consultant - Plato Brewing and Consulting Inc.
Derek is a 14 year veteran of the craft beer industry, an award winning Head Brewer, and has direct experience planning, designing, building, and operating multiple craft breweries. Most notably, he has worked at Smuttynose Brewing (NH), Stone Brewing (CA), Duckfoot Brewing (CA), as well as others in Southern California ranging from 1000 bbl-180,000bbl/yr+. Derek is a graduate of UMass Lowell, Siebel Institute, World Brewing Academy, and Doemens Academy and specializes in brewery business planning, equipment and space planning, expansion planning, and project management. After spending most of his career as Head Brewer he decided to step off the production floor to start Plato Brewing and Consulting in 2020 to utilize his operational experience and help others realize their dream of opening a Brewery as well as save them time and money throughout the process.
Andy Hooper, Director of Business Development for Barnum Mechanical
Andy is the Director of Business Development for Barnum Mechanical, a design-build engineering contractor.  He is an award-winning Brewmaster with over 15 years of experience in brewery design, sustainability, wastewater treatment, and process engineering.  He holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and holds a Master Brewers’ certification from the U.C. Davis Master Brewers extension program.

About StartABrewery
StartABrewery is a collaboration amongst a fun group of craft beer industry veterans who are often invited to speak at beer business / brewing education programs. Each has offered to share their knowledge and experience to support the craft beer community as a whole by helping fledgling breweries in planning.

Conceived and coordinated by Candace L. Moon, The Craft Beer Attorney, and Laura Lodge of Customized Craft Beer Programs, StartABrewery is provided as an educational resource for those dreaming of opening a brewery, those who are taking steps to make their dream a reality, and those who are opening their brewery doors and living it.

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Start A Brewery
StartABrewery is a website providing educational information for start up breweries created by Candace L. Moon (@craftbeeratty) & Laura Lodge (@bigbeersfest).

What is The Start A Brewery Podcast?

The Start A Brewery Podcast covers all things with regard to starting (or growing) a brewery. New episodes are available every other Tuesday and track the process from the original vision, through developing a business plan and into Plan, Act, Open & Grow.