The Market The Brew podcast was created for people with a passion for craft beer that want ideas, inspiration, and resources for taking craft beer(s) to market. Specifically, brewery owners; brewery marketing staff; sales/distribution people; and marketing service providers with a focus on the craft beer industry.
This is a weekly exploration of the marketing of craft beer. Our conversations include reviewing actual case histories of the most unique, exciting and effective strategies, campaigns, and promotions. Digging into how a problem or opportunity was identified; what the thinking/idea was and where it came from. What worked and didn’t work. And, the results produced in the marketplace.
Episode 044: A Crescendo of Convergent Brewery Collaborations
This is our first Market the Brew profile of a Brewery In Planning. Our two guests, Christian Layke and Brett Robinson, are the cofounders of a brewery that will be opening in the DC area in the next 6 months.
We’ll be diving into their marketing strategy to build up excitement and visibility around their opening.
What’s unique about their approach is that they are making a series of collaborative beers with other local breweries to gain some pre-opening traction in what they are calling the Convergent Worlds Collaboration Series.
Co-founder and Head Brewer
Beer has been a part of Christian’s fondest memories—travel to far-flung locations with family and friends, toasting his engagement at Ankor Wat, chatting around many a campfire, and so many more. Drinking beer in Europe, Africa, Asia and, of course, America, got him hooked on enjoying quaffable beer served from beautiful glassware in cozy settings. So much so he was compelled to leave his job at an environmental non-profit 10 years ago to become a commercial brewer. Christian is excited to now be realizing his dream of creating a spot like that in his home community.
Co-founder and General Manager
It was a revelation when Brett realized beer wasn’t just a flavorless yellow beverage. He told his friends he’d open his own brewery someday. Ten years later the dream is about the become a reality. Brett has toured Europe drinking beer, quit his job in finance and did a brief stint as an assistant brewer. He followed that with managing multiple restaurants and most recently was General Manager of Republic in Takoma Park.
Episode 043: Using Podcasts to Share Brews, Brands, and Stories
This episode is a two-parter and it’s about podcasting as a medium to promote your brew. Have you noticed that podcasting, like craft beer, has blown up in the past few years? When it comes to beer podcasts, I find that they fall into one of three categories: beer tasting and beer drinking podcasts; beer making and brewing podcasts; and podcasts that cover the business side of craft beer. This episode explores the idea of appearing on podcasts as a way to tell your brewery’s story and promote your brand. Our guests are Matthew Muncy, founder of the Hopped Up Podcast Network and host of the Barrel Chat podcast PLUS Jessica Rhodes, founder and CEO of Interview Connections and the host of Rock the Podcast.
Episode 042: Crafting Successful Events to Match Successful Beers
This episode is about driving traffic – butts in barstools. Specifically, the use of events in creating a compelling reason to come and visit.
We are getting the perspective on this from two different breweries.
Amanda Zivkovic is the Associate Brand Manager at Heavy Seas in Baltimore, MD. She assists in consumer promotion, tap room events and charity initiatives among other things.
Our other guest is Amanda Martin with Walking Tree Brewery in Vero Beach, FL. Amanda is the Event Coordinator & Tasting Room Manager and one of the original team members of the Walking Tree Crew. She has been an integral part of developing the brewery as a highly sought-after event venue.
Episode 041: Craft Happiness at Foothills Brewing
Ray Goodrich has bounced around from dream job to dream job—starting his post college life as a marine mammal trainer at Sea World. Then he decided to pick up a few Emmys by producing SCC football for Fox Sports. And now? Well now he talks beer for a living. He is the Director of Marketing at Foothill Brewing in Winston Salem, North Carolina and on the show to talk about Foothill Brewing’s unique community-focused promotions.
Episode 040: Origin Stories: the heart and soul of a brewer's journey
This is a special compilation episode. We pull the origin stories and behind the brand stories from previous Market The Brew episodes. Here we review 6 special breweries: D.L Geary Brewing Co.; Jester King Brewery; Lakefront Brewery; Our Mutual Friend Brewing Co.; Station 26 Brewing Co.; and MobCraft Beer.
Episode 039: Location Hunting: Standing On the “Brink”
Sarah and John McGarry are a husband and wife duo and are part of a five-person ownership/leadership team that runs Brink Brewing Company in College Hill, Cincinnati. Even though Sarah and John are located in Denver, the pair both have integral roles in the brewery’s operation. With her background in architecture and design, Sarah helped design and build out the brewery before evolving her duties into social media and promoting the brewery. John is a long-time craft enthusiast and a certified Cicerone who works in the financial tech industry by day. At Brink, John contributes to menu planning, beer style planning, and merchandise design.
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Market the Brew offers so much great information, ideas and inspiration. You won’t want to miss an episode!
Always brings home the bacon
I’ve been listening to Steve and Market the Brew since the show first fired up. Steve’s subject matter and interviews offer a deep insight into brewery success stories, and offer value to brewery owners, and vendors alike. Thanks Steve!
Great beer-pod taste
I'm a designer and burgeoning craft beer fan, so I thoroughly enjoy the eps about packaging and design differentiation. Steve's a great host!