Business of Craft Beer

#FacultyFeature: Business of Craft Beer Facilitator Michelle Forster

By Jon Reynolds Michelle Forster is the Executive Director of the Wyoming Brewers Guild and the facilitator in UVM’s Business of Craft Beer Professional Certificate Program. She brings a unique perspective to UVM’s craft beer program as she draws on experience and insights from the 25 active craft breweries in Wyoming.  We recently caught up with Michelle to […]

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Top 2022 Trends in the Craft Brewing Business – Part 1

Craft brewing business experts Mike Gerhart and Mike Kallenberger share their top trends for 2022 in craft brewing.

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Considering a Career Switch? Find Your Calling in a Craft Beer Career

From nonprofit operations to a career in brewing, UVM Business of Craft Beer Program alumni Kate Conway explains how she made the career switch to craft beer.

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#FacultyFeature: Business of Craft Beer Instructor Mike Gerhart on Current Trends and COVID-19 Recovery

UVM Business of Craft Beer Certificate Program Instructor and Expert Brewer Mike Gerhart Talks Pandemic Recovery for the Craft Brewing Industry.

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Brewery Finances: How to Boost Cash Flow

Audra Gaiziunas remembers taking a beer tasting trip to the Pacific Northwest and researching how breweries cost out beer. “Almost 9 out of 10 couldn’t tell me how much one bottle or one pint of beer cost,” she says. “It opened my eyes, and I realized that maybe we’re not thinking about this on a […]

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UVM Course Helps Julianne Walshaw Navigate Craft Beer Distribution and Sales

At Rek’-Lis Brewing Company, Julianne Walshaw has served many roles, including server, bartender, and assistant manager. She’s now the New Hampshire brewery’s sales and distribution manager. While she is passionate about craft beer, the Bethlehem, N.H., resident knew she wanted to learn more about the business side of brewing. “I just started Googling craft beer […]

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Heather Kraemer Plants the Seed for a Farm-Based Brewery

Heather Kraemer is brewing beer with lemon balm and basil grown in her garden. In the future, she hopes to add fruit, perennials, and wild edibles to the mix. Ultimately, she plans to operate a farm-based brewery in Vermont’s Champlain Islands. Kraemer, who completed the UVM Farmer Training Program in 2018, moved from Alaska to […]

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Craft Brewing in Disruption: Coronavirus Pandemic Survival Strategies

  After two years of planning, securing $3.2 million in funding, construction nearly completed and ten employees hired, Chris Kessler was hoping to see his Black Flannel Brewery and Distillery open in Essex, Vermont, on May 1st of this year. Then, of course, COVID-19 struck. “We were about 85% done, so we had to make […]

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Brewery Certificate Helps Retired Veteran Consider a Career in Craft Beer

Reese Madsen’s first taste of high-quality craft beer was in Seattle in 1992. Redhook Brewery, a mainstay in the Pacific Northwest since the early 1980s, was a vendor at a local festival that Madsen visited one Sunday afternoon. After living in Brussels, Belgium, Madsen knew what good beer tasted like, favoring Belgian beers over the […]

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Grab a Vermont Craft Beer; Get Ready to Taste and Learn with New VT Brew Talk and Tasting Virtual Event

Staying in on a Friday night is about to get a lot more fun thanks to a new VT Brew Talk and Tasting craft beer virtual event. Kicking off on Friday, April 24th at 7:00 PM is 14th Star Brewing Company with Director of Brewing Operations Prescott Stanton. UVM’s Business of Craft Beer Program Director Gregory Dunkling will […]

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