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 23 – 2021 Hops Insight, Barley Head Brewing, and Starting a Food Program

No matter the season, hops are always on our mind here at the BYO Nano Podcast.  With the 2021 North American harvest over, the farmers have time to rest a bit before preparing for 2022.  Eric Desmarais of CLS Farms in Yakima Valley joins us to talk about the season that just ended, building brewery relationships, and some hops to think about in the new year. 

Our nano brewery profile is on Barley Head Brewery in Mystic, Connecticut. We talk with owner and brewer Drew Rogers about experimentation, distribution, and building a regular customer base in a tourist destination. 

And finally with food on the mind we’re talking with the Beer Chef Himself, Bruce Paton about what small breweries without a formal kitchen can do to offer a food program to keep customers around longer. 

Thanks to our episode sponsors:

BSG Hops
Did you know that BSG sources hops directly from growers and processes them in their FSSC-certified facility in the Yakima Valley? From Azacca to Zappa, BSG’s hops are pelletized for optimal dispersion in the boiler or FV, and packaged in nitrogen-flushed bags to preserve all those tasty aromatics. To learn more about how your hops go from farmer to fermenter, get in touch with BSG at
ABS Commercial
ABS is a full brewery outfitter offering brewhouses, tanks, keg washers and small parts. As a part of ABS Commercials’ ongoing give back campaign, they will be giving away ANOTHER ABS Keg Viking Keg Washer on December 10th, so head on over to to enter to win a Keg Viking!
Yakima Chief Hops Cryo-Pop™
Yakima Chief Hops has officially launched their newest product – Cryo-Pop™ Original Blend! YCH has combined their proprietary cryogenic hop processing technology with cutting-edge lab analysis to create Cryo Hops® with a pop! Using this new research to identify the most beer soluble hop compounds that survive the brewing process, they engineered a supercharged pellet that shows massive tropical, stone fruit, and citrus aromas in your finished beers. Learn more at

Interested in more information on the Nano Brewing segment of the craft beer industry? Then check out the links to our other Nano Brewing content available below:

2021 NanoCon Online on December 3 & 4 – Join us live December 3 & 4 for 30+ small-scale craft brewery seminars and workshops. Learn how to best navigate the changing business landscape from craft brewing experts targeted just for the nano brewing segment. Learning tracks include brewing operations, start-ups, business operations and sales. All sessions will also be recorded and attendees can keep learning after the event with full access to video replays. Click here for full event and registration details.

Subscribe to our free monthly BYO Nano Newsletter. Links to articles on both the business and brewing sides of running a small-scale craft brewery will be emailed to you each month. Click here to start your free email Nano Newsletter subscription.

Online in-depth workshops taught by craft brewing experts on a variety of brewing and brewery business topics. Check out our library of recorded workshops available as replays with course materials included. Click here for the rundown of these interactive online classes.