6 Nanobrewery Or Micro Brewery Success Stories [2023]

Updated: July 24th, 2023
Start A Nanobrewery Or Micro Brewery

A nano brewery is a brewpub that produces less than 15,000 barrels of beer annually and sells at least 75% of its beer off-site. Running a nano-brewery can be profitable if you understand how to brew high-quality beer.

To start a nano brewery, check your local laws and research if you have a good customer base. It would help if you also learned how to operate a brewery professionally because poorly brewed beer will ruin your business.

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

1. Varionica ($672K/year)

Matija Mrazek (from Pisarovina, Hrvatska) started Varionica over 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 nanobrewery or micro brewery :

Where to start?

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

Need inspiration?

-> Examples of established nanobrewery or micro brewery
-> Marketing ideas for a nanobrewery or micro brewery

Other resources

-> Nanobrewery or micro brewery tips

4. BrewBids

The premier online marketplace to buy and sell new and used brewing equipment. Check out upcoming auctions, advertise your products, and buy and sell equipment.

  • Business rank: #737K

Check out their full website ➜

5. San Diego Beer News

San Diego Beer News is a one-stop resource for all things #SDBeer. News and events on the region’s 150+ breweries and what’s tapping around town.

  • Business rank: #810K

Check out their full website ➜

6. Elysian Brewing Company

We opened our doors in 1996 when bold art and music defined Seattle. We carry that same spirit in the way we brew our beer. It’s about taking chances, learning from our missteps, and changing perceptions.

  • Business rank: #962K

Check out their full website ➜

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