Books on Breweries

I have been doing a tremendous amount of reading lately.  To put things in perspective, I don’t really like reading.  But I have enjoyed all the books I have been consuming.  Maybe it is because I actually have a passion for the stuff I am reading.  There is a lot to this “I’m opening a brewpub” thing.  There are things you knew you didn’t know, things you didn’t know you were supposed to know, and things you thought you knew until you learned you were [mostly] wrong.  As I read these books, I have been going through a roller-coaster of Read More …

Gnome Hole at CBC16

I spent last week in Philadelphia for the Craft Brewers Conference 2016 (CBC16).  It was a lot of fun and I learned a ton.  The fun part is easy to sum up.  Beer!  The education is a little harder to sum up into one or two main lessons.  The biggest thing I can say is that it is all in the details.  And there are lots of little details for so many aspects of starting a business that happens to be a brewery and restaurant. Of the many seminars that were available, I stuck mostly to the Start-Up track.  The Read More …

Entrepreneurship: Can I do this?

In the midst of all the research we are doing, I keep reading material on starting a business and advice for entrepreneurs.  I’ll admit to being terrified by the prospect.  It is daunting.  I came across the image below from Business for Beginners: From Research and Business Plans to Money, Marketing and the Law by Frances McGuckin  It is not the first such list that I have come across.  You could make a good argument that I don’t have any of these traits.  Maybe #6 as I am passionate about brewing, but I don’t think I could really convince myself Read More …

Welcome to the Gnome Hole Brewpub

Welcome to the Gnome Hole Brewpub.  We know you are not actually sitting there yet, but neither are we.  This brewpub is still in the early planning stages.  However, one of the first things we decided to do was to launch our website so that we could chronicle the process from beginning to end [hopefully far, far in the future].  We hope that you will come along with us for Our Journey and have as much fun in the story as we do, though we am guessing it will be less stressful for you. Who are we? I am an Read More …