Do you love beer? Do you have friends that share the same love for beer? Well, let me introduce you to Mark Keller, the Co-Founder of Bruehol Brewery.
His story is what happens when a group of friends from Benicia, California get together and decide to start brewing their own beer. Thus, it turns out that they find themselves having a knack for brewing really great beer. In fact, their beer is so great they are now ranked number#9 out of the "Top 50 Fastest-Growing Craft Breweries In The United States" according to Forbes.
Bruehol Brewery officially started in 2014. They started with just 4 beers and now they have up to 27 different variety of beers. They opened a tap room in 2017 and continue to get highlighted for their tasty brewed beers.
In this podcast, you will learn with passion and determination there is no stopping you from doing what you love no matter what obstacles you may encounter. Mark takes everything in stride and exemplifies the entrepreneur traits of "learning as you go" and being a "visionary." He has his long-term vision of where he wants to take Bruehol Brewery and is now starting to see his vision come into reality.
In just over a year, Bruehol Brewery is growing at such a rapid pace resulting in expanding from their 1800 sqft space to a new 5500 sqft area. Although moving to a larger area is exciting there also comes construction costs and new permits which all add to the pain of growth. It’s definitely a stressful but opportune position to be in for any entrepreneur. You have a great product, demand is outpacing supply and more space is needed but to get to the next level their is an initial cost for this growth. Like any small business owner, capital must be leveraged in the best way possible.
It's cool when you speak to Mark about his vision on what he sees for his new 5,500 sqft brewery. It's something him and his co-founders genuinely believe in, they all have a passion for brewing the best beer possible and absolutely love what they do.
For now, until the new place is open, make sure you make a visit to Bruehol Brewery's current tap room to get a taste of their beers. It's absolutely worth it.
Bruehol Brewery 4828 E 2nd Street, Benicia, CA 94510
Enjoy the podcast and keep being a "doer." Cheers.
Mark give his intro (1:35)
Mark talks about the local breweries. (2:00)
He popped the brewery question to his buddies. (2:19)
Where is Mark originally from? (3:35)
Has Mark done any other entreprenurial ventures before Bruehol Brewrey? (3:50)
Mark talks about why he loves being an entrepreneur. (4:10)
We dive deeper into Bruehol Brewery story. (5:00)
What has been the biggest learning experience Mark has learned as a business owner? (7:00)
The business is going to grow. (7:35)
As a brew master, what has Mark learned? (8:40)
What Bruehol means? (8:55)
The coolest thing about owning a brewery... (10:05)
Collaboration in the Brewing Community? (11:10)
What advice would Mark give to someone who is looking to open up a brewery? (12:00)
Talks about his future 5,500 SQFT brewery. (12:40)
What is Mark's next move? (13:05)
WIDWID (Why I Do What I Do) (14:00)
Mark is always working but does put his energy into another craft...milling. (15:15)
How does Mark stay motivated? (16:55)
What is Mark's Sunday like? (17:50)
Mark talks abut his favorute beer he serves and his cocktail of choice when he not drinking beer. (19:40)
Mark is... (21:04)
Hazy IPA is coming out and the upcoming beer awards. (22:00)
Editor’s Note: This story was shared through a Scotch Parlor podcast. Photography was done by & Rick Scotch at Bruehol Brewery's Taproom in Benicia, CA.