BYO Nano Podcast

The Nano segment of craft brewing is growing fast with the majority of new breweries opening up falling into this small-scale, hyper-local segment working on brewing systems five barrels or under. Each month on this podcast learn the business, marketing, and brewing strategies targeted for this smaller-scale sized brewery needs. From strategies to maximizing taproom sales to forecasting brewery budgets to brewing great beer in small spaces, you’ll learn from craft beer experts and fellow Nano brewers the tips and strategies for success to improve – or launch – your small brewery. New episodes will be added to this page each month in addition to all major podcast platforms. Please email any questions, thoughts, and feedback on the BYO Nano Podcast to You can use the player provided here to listen to episodes or subscribe to this show through a variety of popular podcast platforms linked just below. Cheers!

Episode 33 – Buying a Nano Brewery

On this episode of the BYO Nano Podcast we’re talking about best practices and advice for someone who wants to take over a small, existing brewery.

The idea came from a listener who wrote: “I’m someone who is overwhelmed by the non-beer aspects of starting a taproom from scratch – legal, regulatory, architectural design and layout, branding, marketing, and a blank sheet of paper. I’ve explored a couple of taprooms and small brewpubs for sale. What’s a smart way to go about this?”

That’s a jumping off point and our panel will start with the from scratch aspect then transition into what it takes to acquire an existing brewery. The lessons shared are also applicable to someone just starting out as well.  

The panel includes:

• Jon Carpenter from Opensō Consulting Independent Brewery and Craft Beverage Consulting firm. 

• Michael Brewer, the president of Alcoholic Beverage Consulting Service, a leading alcoholic beverage licensing firm.

• Matthew McLaughlin, founder of McLaughlin, PC, a boutique commercial law firm specializing in the beverage industry.

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