Archive for the ‘Brewing business’ category

  1. Craft beer prices: how much does beer cost to make?

    We often get asked how much it costs to brew our beer, so in this post we go into all of the costs associated with making one of our most popular craft beers, Beach House.

  2. How we come up with the styles and names of Black Hops Beers

    We often get asked how we came up with the ideas and recipes for Black Hops beer. In this post we go into how we settled on our range of beers and what the names of the beers mean.

  3. What is Gypsy Brewing?

    In this post we talk about gypsy or contract brewing, in particular what it is, how we made it work for Black Hops and factors to consider if you are looking at making the jump from home brewing to commercial brewing.

  4. Chinese commercial brewing equipment, six months on

    Three months ago we opened the doors to Black Hops after a solid 12 months of planning and setup. Since our first brew on 18 June we’ve been brewing regularly on our commercial brewing equipment sourced from China. We cover the story of our startup and the equipment at great lengths in our upcoming book, Operation […]

  5. Silver lining series 1: I Heart Lager collab with 4 Hearts Brewing

    As per our motto of being ‘the least covert operation in brewing’, we want to share all of our brewing stories with you, both good and bad. Brews don’t always go according to plan, but as we’ve found out, sometimes this can be a good thing! We’ll be doing a series in the blog, on […]

  6. OPERATION BREWERY EP8 – How much does it cost to build a brewery (part 2 of 2)

    In our last episode, we covered our plans to raise money via crowdfunding for our brewery. This episode, after a successful campaign raising $17,800 we regroup and discuss all of the other financial considerations for building a brewery. We go down into fine detail of how much it’s costing, how much we’ve spent so far and where to from here.

  7. [PRESS RELEASE] Black Hops aiming to become Australia’s first brewery to launch via crowd funding

    Gold Coast trio Black Hops Brewing are aiming to become the first brewery in Australia to successfully launch via crowd funding, when they launch their Pozible campaign on 11 January 2016.

  8. Our visit to Tiantai (Jinan, China) to inspect our brewing equipment

    We recently returned from Jinan, China to inspect our brewing equipment.

    In this post we run through a detailed account of events and what you need to know before buying brewing equipment from China.

  9. The pitch deck that we used to raise over $100,000

    In this post we give you a copy of the pitch deck we used to raise money to build our brewery. We also detail the purpose of each slide and what we talked about for each. You can use this as a resource for your own pitch deck, and even download it and use it as a starting point.

  10. How to make a Jockey Box (portable 4-tap bar system) for under $1,000

    In this post we step you through the exact process we used to make a 4 tap portable beer system (jockey box) for under $1,000.