7 Brewery Success Stories [2023]

7 Brewery Success Stories [2023]
Start A Brewery

If well-planned, a brewery can be a profitable business. However, starting a brewery is not a walk in the park.

Opening a brewery requires a lot of planning, involves many decisions, and is capital intensive.

If you have decided to start a brewery, you must comply with the legal requirements. Then, understand the startup costs involved in starting a brewery.

Your brewery business plan must indicate the brewery concept and outline the brewery funding plans.

Here are some real life success stories of starting a brewery:

1. Progress Brewing ($1.44M/year)

Diego Benitez (from Los Angeles, California, USA) started Progress Brewing over 9 years ago.

$120K / month
2 founders / 5 employees
Los Angeles, California, USA

Case Study

My name is Diego Benitez and I run Progress Brewing (http://progress-brewing.com) Progress brews and sells craft beer in a wide variety of styles exclusively at its tasting room in the city of South El Monte, approximately 12 miles East of Downtown Los Angeles.


2. Varionica ($672K/year)

Matija Mrazek (from Pisarovina, Hrvatska) started Varionica about 9 years ago.

$56K / month
2 founders / 8 employees

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.


Learn more about starting a brewery:

Where to start?

-> How to start a brewery?
-> How much does it cost to start a brewery?
-> Pros and cons of a brewery

Need inspiration?

-> Examples of established brewery
-> Marketing ideas for a brewery
-> Brewery slogans
-> Brewery names

Other resources

-> Brewery tips

4. Ab-Inbev

Ab-Inbev strives to be the best. From farm to the brewery to market, they have been taking pride and ownership in every step and have been crafting great beer from the best natural ingredients. They also promote smart drinking and are working towards changing social norms & making a positive impact through their community work.

  • Website traffic: 580K/month
  • Business rank: #48.7K

Check out their full website ➜

5. The BrewDog Shop

Brewdog is dedicated to bringing you the best craft brews and they're working hard to create the best, funky, sour beers. They offer great quality and variety to suit different tastebuds and their beers are great to celebrate every small & big moment of your life.

  • Website traffic: 810K/month
  • Business rank: #57.2K

Check out their full website ➜

6. Athletic Brewing Company

Athletic Brewing Company offers a great variety of beers and to drink them you won't have to compromise with your health as they are non-alcoholic. Their mission is to positively impact customers’ health, fitness, and happiness and communities and the environment. They want to lead the revolution in beer for the modern adult, changing the beverage industry as a whole.

  • Website traffic: 300K/month
  • Business rank: #120K

Check out their full website ➜

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