12 Craft Beer Related Business Ideas

12 Craft Beer Related Business Ideas

Interested in starting your first craft beer business?

Fortunately, the craft beer industry has and continues to be on an upward trajectory.

There are plenty of different craft beer business ideas you can turn into reality - we put together 12 different craft beer related business ideas you can start today!

Here they are:

1. Start a brewery ($1.44M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$56,000 — $120,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$10,000
Skills

Diego Benitez from Los Angeles, California, USA started Progress Brewing about 9 years ago, a brewery.

  • Revenue: $120,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 5
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

Case Study

I graduated with a PhD in chemistry in 2005 and after working in academia for a few years as a nanotechnology researcher, I joined a small angel venture investment firm as a technology analyst.

One option was to get a regular job, or… we could start a brewery.

I participated in the founding of a few angel-backed companies and as the venture fund dried up, I joined one of the portfolio companies as Chief Technology Officer. The company, Amicrobe, Inc. is focused on developing biomaterials to address antibiotic resistance.

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2. Start a graphic design business ($180K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$4,000 — $1,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$165,502
Time To Revenue
300 days
Business model

Junaid Ansari from Mumbai started Draftss over 4 years ago, a graphic design business.

  • Revenue: $15,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 25
  • Location: Mumbai

Case Study

We have been running a design agency for the past 10 years as a side business. After gaining inspiration from some of our competitors in this domain providing a productized service, we came up with an idea for an even better process that is more optimal and efficient bringing out better results at a more affordable cost comparatively.

The most effective method we tried for our validation was initiating a conversation with every person who visited our website to understand more about what they were looking for and what would make Draftss an ideal provider for their needs.

We wanted to productize the design and code service domain, where a design team is like a product subscription. You buy a Design or Code subscription and equip yourself with a design or/and development team that can get everything done for you. Subscribe when you require projects to be completed, unsubscribe once you are done.

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3. Create an online course ($60K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$350 — $3,735,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$4,297
Time To Revenue
150 days
Skills

Lidiya Kesarovska from The Netherlands started Let's Reach Success over 9 years ago, a online course.

  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: The Netherlands

Case Study

Back in 2013, I had already discovered my passion - personal development - and had realized writing is the best way to express myself. So I combined these and started a self-improvement blog.

Starting the blog was the best decision and not giving up on it over the years (even when no traffic or money was coming in) was what helped me move forward.

It was first just a hobby and I knew nothing about blogging. Over the years, after publishing a ton of content, gaining traffic, learning about SEO, email marketing, social media, and all the ways to monetize a blog, it became a real business.

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4. Start a nanobrewery or micro brewery ($672K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$56,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$10,000
Skills

Examples of a successful nanobrewery or micro brewery :

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a nanobrewery or micro brewery :

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a nanobrewery or micro brewery ➜

Case Study

HI! We are Davor and Matija from Varionica, a craft brewery from Croatia.

We started by renting a small brewery outside of Zagreb and by the end of 2019. After that, we opened our new brewery with a much larger capacity and modern brewing equipment in Pisarovina near Zagreb. We started our business with only 22 30-liter steel KEGs, which we drove around in an old Opel Astra, and now we are producing roughly 40.000 liters of beer per month.

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5. Start a beer consulting business

Examples of a successful beer consulting business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a beer consulting business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a beer consulting business ➜

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6. Start a beerfest business

Examples of a successful beerfest business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a beerfest business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a beerfest business ➜

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7. Start a craft beer blog

Examples of a successful craft beer blog:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a craft beer blog:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a craft beer blog ➜

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8. Start a beer delivery business

Examples of a successful beer delivery business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a beer delivery business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a beer delivery business ➜

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9. Start a beer garden restaurant

Examples of a successful beer garden restaurant:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a beer garden restaurant:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a beer garden restaurant ➜

10. Start a beer tap manufacturing business

Examples of a successful beer tap manufacturing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a beer tap manufacturing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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11. Start a beer branding agency

Examples of a successful beer branding agency:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a beer branding agency:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a beer branding agency ➜

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12. Start a brewing equipment business

Examples of a successful brewing equipment business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a brewing equipment business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a brewing equipment business ➜

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