Starting a brewery is hard work, especially between two friends
Opening a brewery is no simple undertaking. Yet, it is often surprising how many succesful business people have turned their backs on their respecitive businesses in order to found a brewery. One brewing operation that was borne in this manner is the Brooklyn Brewery and in this book, Beer School: Bottling Success at the Brooklyn Brewery, authors and founders Steve Hindy and Tom Potter share their story of success.
Brooklyn Brewing is a well- respected operation and it took Hindy and Potter a good deal of hard work to make it the successful operation that it is today. Hindy had been working as a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press and Potter was enjoying success as a banker when the two men decided to join forces and found a brewery. They tell their story in the pages of Beer School, and readers will find much inspiration as these two men discuss their initial disagreements on how the business should operate and the many obstacles that stood in the way of making great beer.
Many business books such as this one offer a step- by- step instructional manual on starting and running a business but Beer School is different. This book is more a story about the many problems and unusual events that took place as these two men worked to get their brewery up and running. Hindy and Potter are very frank and open in their discussions about the brewery and each other, and readers will be surprised at some of the things these two business partners say about each other. They hold nothing back, and their brutal honesty is one of the book’s many strong points.
Beer School is just over 300 pages in length, but it reads very quickly due to its engaging style and page- turning properties. We all know the Brooklyn Brewery is a great success and one of the great success stories of the craft brewing era, but you will still find yourself turning the pages quickly, wanting to find out what happens next.
Overall, Beer School is an excellent book about two men and a brewery. It teaches you more than you would expect, and readers will come away from the reading experience with a newfound respect for the trials and tribulations involved in opening and running a successful brewing operation.
Rating: 10 Stars out of 10