What is Brew Hub?

Brew Hub is a company that provides full brewing, packaging, distribution and selling services for craft breweries that are capacity, geographically, or financially constrained. The company plans to have five breweries located throughout the country that will cater to craft breweries. Each facility will allow craft brewers to Partner Brew their beers on site. Craft Breweries can brew their beer in our facility under the direct supervision of their brew master.

Where did the idea for Brew Hub originate?

The idea came from the torrid growth of craft beer. Craft breweries across the country are booming, but most are at or near their brewing capacity/demand. When they hit their capacity craft breweries can build a new brewery or expand their existing facilities. However, in many cases, these are not realistic solutions. Building new or expanding an existing brewery can be very expensive and could put the company at risk should the market change. The other option is contract brewing which, as many craft breweries have discovered, is not ideal. Brew Hub will provide a better solution called Partner Brewing.

What is Partner Brewing and how does it differ from contract brewing?

Partner brewing is a process that will allow craft breweries not only to brew their beer to exact specifications under the supervision of their own brewmaster, but also to package and distribute from the Brew Hub brewery. Brew Hub will also make their beer available for export to international markets. Partner brewing will enable craft breweries to expand their distribution without the overhead costs of building a new brewery or transporting beer across the country. They are also able to produce “locally,” close to the market place. This fulfills the mission of being in the community and ensures freshness of product and supply for wholesalers, retailers and consumers. The Brew Hub will also offer craft breweries services including sales, marketing, logistics, legal, and government affairs.We believe that these services are as important as making great beer. Navigating the route to market is a more difficult process than most expect.

Where is Brew Hub’s first brewery be located?

Brew Hub’s first brewery is located in Lakeland, Florida. Specifically, the brewery is located in Interstate Commerce Park off the I-4 Corridor and has an initial brewing capacity of 75,000 barrels, or one million cases, annually. Locate us on the map or get driving directions on our contact page.

Why Florida?

Craft beer is growing in Florida, and the Southeast in general, at a faster rate than anywhere else in the country. Florida specifically is the fourth most populous state in the country and, with craft beer growing at current rates, wholesalers and retailers in Florida literally can’t get access to enough craft beer to meet the demand. That’s why Florida was the ideal location for our first brewery.

The big craft brewers like Sam Adams are sold in Florida. Can’t breweries just ship their beer to Florida?

The Boston Beer Company, brewers of Sam Adams, is the largest craft brewery in the country. They began almost 30 years ago, and they brew their beer in several breweries across the country which allows them to distribute their beer nationally. Sam Adams pioneered a new industry for beer and gained national distribution by using a similar model.But Sam Adams is the exception to the rule. Very few craft breweries have anywhere near their resources. The heavy majority of craft breweries are a fraction of the size and only have the ability to distribute their beer locally or in a few surrounding states. For these breweries Brew Hub will be the ideal solution because we will allow them to partner brew at our facilities with their own brewmaster. We also will provide support services including sales, marketing, logistics, legal, and government affairs. Simply put, Brew Hub will offer a turnkey solution that will allow craft breweries to expand to Florida and Southeastern states easily and in a way that makes good financial sense for their business.

Who’s the brewmaster?

Our brewing operation are led by our Chief of Brewing Operations, Jim “Otto” Ottolini.  He is responsible for the brewing and packaging operations at Brew Hub’s brewery in Lakeland, Florida as well the design and construction of the company’s second brewery in St. Louis, Missouri. Jim is also responsible for Brew Hub’s brewing innovation, technology and quality control.

If the Florida brewery is successful, what comes next?

We are planning to open at least four similar facilities over the next five years. Specific markets will be determined based on demand, but we are considering strategic locations in the Northeast, Midwest, Texas and the Southwest. This network of Brew Hub facilities will reach 75% of all beer drinkers and allow craft brewers from across the country to enter new markets.

How big will your breweries be?

Our brewery in Lakeland, Florida has 100,000+ barrels of capacity or one million three hundred thousand cases annually. All of our breweries will be similar in size, initially.  We will be able to expand brewing capacity as demand increases.

Can you brew small batch, specialty and barrel-aged beers?

We have designed our state-of-the-art brewery in Lakeland, Florida to be completely scalable and modular so that we can address each craft brewery’s specific needs. And keep in mind, craft breweries, if they choose to, can have their brewmasters supervise the entire brewing process at our facility. Brew Hub, for all intents and purposes, will be an extension of their own brewery. Brew Hub is simply providing the hardware, services, beer industry knowledge and distribution system to make their growth a reality.

How big is craft beer today? How big can it get?

Today craft beer makes up about 11% of the U.S. beer industry which surprises some people. Most people assume craft beer is a higher percentage of the industry. The growth of craft beer has been amazing, and the speed of that growth is increasing. Today the U.S. has more breweries than any time in its history and dozens of new breweries are opening every month. No one knows exactly how big craft beer can get, but everyone agrees that its just getting started. That’s why we believe Brew Hub’s timing is ideal.