20+ Boozy Beverage Business Ideas (2021)

20+ Boozy Beverage Business Ideas (2021)

Looking to start a beverage company but not quite sure what to start?

The good news is, there are so many opportunities to become an entrepreneur and build an innovative product/service in this line of work.

If you're looking to start your own beverage company, there are several low-capital options you can choose from.

We put a list together below of the most profitable beverage company ideas you can start today!

Here they are:

1. Start a specialty food business ($84K/year)

Belinda Kelly and Venise Cunningham from Enumclaw, Washington, USA started Simple Goodness Sisters about 3 years ago, a specialty food business.

  • Revenue: $7,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Enumclaw, Washington, USA

In 2015 Belinda left a job at Microsoft University Recruiting that required a lot of travel and wouldn’t work for her other new job title of “mom.” She took a work from home position on the same team at a much lower pay level (yes, that sucked) and decided to explore her interest in entrepreneurship. With 4 hours daily saved by not commuting, she had the time to work on an idea she’d had for a mobile bar business.

Having been responsible for hundreds of events over her 6 years at Microsoft, she saw a gap in the catering world of Seattle and thought a mobile bar company that raised the bar on drink quality, presentation, and service would be well received by tech companies and the greater events industry. While never a bartender, she had enough experience in the service industry and enough hutzpah to begin studying cocktails voraciously and apply for a business license. She decided to up the ante (and the effort!) further with a farm to bar, craft beverage program supported by her sister Venise’s farm and others in the rural community of Enumclaw, WA, their HQ.

At that time, Simple Goodness Farm was a garlic and goats (mostly) hobby farm for Venise and her growing family (the sisters had their first babies within two weeks of one another.) Venise worked in HR at the real estate startup Redfin and commuted downtown daily while also managing the herd and fields in her free time.

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Belinda Kelly and Venise Cunningham, on starting Simple Goodness Sisters ($7,000/month) full story ➜

2. Start a hard kombucha business

Examples of a successful hard kombucha business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a hard kombucha business ➜

3. Start a cooler business ($300K/year)

Garrett Barretta from Fort Lee, NJ, USA started COOLERSbyU ago, a cooler business.

  • Revenue: $25,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Fort Lee, NJ, USA

I grew up in Closter, NJ where both my parents are involved in family businesses. My mom is an Insurance Agent for my Grandpa’s Insurance Agency, Hochron Insurance. My dad is a contractor and owner of a Barretta & Sons, a company my great-grandpa started in 1928. Seeing both my parents be involved in businesses that someone in their family had built from the ground up was very inspiring, and probably the first reason why I have always wanted to start my own.

In 2015, I was a Junior at the University of Delaware studying Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation in the newly formed Horn Entrepreneurship program. I was an active member and President of my fraternity. I had a great interest in the Greek life tradition of cooler painting for major fraternity/sorority events that I had been exposed to a few times in college (more on that later!).

The summer after my Sophomore year I had a great internship for Jansy Packaging, an innovative packaging design & manufacturing company, started by a fellow entrepreneur in 2004. I was hired back again Junior year summer, and in fact, I returned to Jansy after graduation and I still work there full-time today! My internship sparked my interest in entrepreneurship and laid the foundation for what I would later need to know to get a product manufactured from start to finish. The combination of my newly gained business knowledge and my fascination with the Greek life tradition of cooler painting is what ultimately led to me to start COOLERSbyU.

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Garrett Barretta, on starting COOLERSbyU ($25,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start a wine tasting business

Examples of a successful wine tasting business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a wine tasting business ➜

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5. Start a drinking accessories business

Examples of a successful drinking accessories business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a drinking accessories business ➜

6. Start a drinkware brand ($144M/year)

Dylan Jacob from Indianapolis, Indiana, USA started BrüMate about 5 years ago, a drinkware brand.

  • Revenue: $12,000,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 20
  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

BruMate is my 3rd company but the first where I was actually doing any real product development or design. My first company I started in high-school was a part supply company for repair shops / tech centers (batteries, LCD screens, flex cables, etc).

I went on to sell that company to a franchise customer of ours in 2014 after I dropped out of engineering school and decided to pursue entrepreneurship full time.

I thought the idea of creating a product people actually needed and being able to walk around and see people using my creation was the absolute coolest concept.

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Dylan Jacob, on starting BrüMate ($12,000,000/month) full story ➜

7. Start a hangover cure product ($2.4M/year)

Eddie Huai from New York, New York, USA started Flyby over 4 years ago, a hangover cure product.

  • Revenue: $200,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: New York, New York, USA

In my opinion, traveling is one of the best ways to spark your imagination.

In March of 2015, while I was still a senior at NYU, I traveled to to Japan. Japanese people are the embodiment of work hard, play hard. Heavy drinking is an ingrained aspect of society and business culture there, spawning a $178 million hangover cure industry.

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Eddie Huai, on starting Flyby ($200,000/month) full story ➜

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

Diego Benitez from Los Angeles, California, USA started Progress Brewing about 8 years ago, a brewery.

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

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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Diego Benitez, on starting Progress Brewing ($120,000/month) full story ➜

9. Start a boozy subscription box

Examples of a successful boozy subscription box:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a boozy subscription box:

For further info, check out these books and products:

10. Start an online wine business ($12M/year)

Agent Red from Santa Rosa, CA, USA started The Wine Spies almost 15 years ago, a online wine business.

  • Revenue: $1,000,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 6
  • Location: Santa Rosa, CA, USA

I had spent most of my professional career in high-tech and with the advent of the Internet, I dove headlong into eCommerce. I had worked on successful projects with the likes of Philips, Sony, KMPG, Urban Decay, and others, helping them early on to define and launch their Internet presence and eCommerce strategy.

On one thrilling project for the San Francisco Newspaper Agency, the company that I was running hired a skilled developer. At the conclusion of that project, I became friends with their lead on the project. We stayed friends and had many discussions about one day starting a business together. I made a life change and moved up to Sonoma County where I started a joint venture company with a Swiss toy manufacturer. They had a great guy named Alex join our California team, helping to liaise between California and Switzerland. Alex loved wine and he felt like a kid in a candy store in Sonoma Wine Country. He would take us along on outings to wineries and I work up to just how big the industry was - and how badly it needed a trusted online source for fine wines. We wrapped up our joint venture a year later, and I set about to figure out what my next startup would be.

I literally went door to door, visiting with hundreds of wineries and trying to describe to them this new-fangled ‘flash sale’ business model.

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Agent Red, on starting The Wine Spies ($1,000,000/month) full story ➜

11. Start a party punch product

Examples of a successful party punch product:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a party punch product:

For further info, check out these books and products:

12. Start a whiskey tasting business

Examples of a successful whiskey tasting business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a whiskey tasting business ➜

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13. Start a koozie business

Examples of a successful koozie business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a koozie business ➜

14. Start a liquor delivery business

Examples of a successful liquor delivery business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a liquor delivery business ➜

15. Start an alcoholic seltzer brand ($696K/year)

Examples of a successful alcoholic seltzer brand:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a alcoholic seltzer brand:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an alcoholic seltzer brand ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give charlie MARKLAND's story on creating Bodega Bay Hard Seltzer a read:

My name is Charlie Markland and I founded Bodega Bay hard seltzer in June 2019. It's a revolutionary new type of alcoholic mixed drink that is very low calorie and very low sugar [just 73 cals per 250ml can].

Now available in:

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charlie MARKLAND, on starting Bodega Bay Hard Seltzer ($58,000/month) full story ➜

16. Start a drink shaker business

Examples of a successful drink shaker business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a drink shaker business ➜

17. Start a cocktail class business

Examples of a successful cocktail class business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a cocktail class business ➜

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18. Start a drinking tour business

Examples of a successful drinking tour business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a drinking tour business ➜

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19. Become a booze blogger

Examples of a successful booze blogger:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a booze blogger:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a booze blogger ➜

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20. Become a social media influencer

Examples of a successful social media influencer:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a social media influencer:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a social media influencer ➜

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