This week on The Session, we welcome Chris Burcher from Wolf Hills Brewing Company, from Abingdon, VA. to the show. Chris talks to us about the rise of the hyper-local brewery and how he pulled back his distribution to focus on his own local market. We have a great, and refreshingly honest, discussion about how focusing on local allowed Wolf Hills to reduce costs and increase profitability. Chris found more accurate data in his local market that allowed him to better predict how his brewery would run when maximizing their local presence. Plus, we get to taste a huge mistake made in the brewery that turned out great, but leaves Chris with a decision to make on what to do with all that beer.
Finally, we get to speak with our old friend Gary Glass from the American Homebrewers Association about the organizations 40th birthday, coming up on December 7th, 2018. Gary talks to us about their history, as well as some legislation being dealt with in North Carolina that affects homebrewers. To wrap it up, we discuss HomebrewCon 2019 and how excited we all are that it’s in Providence, RI. this year!
All in all, it’s a fun show with some great info!