How to value a brewery

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On this blog we like to try to answer the biggest questions that brewery owners have, because when we started out we found it hard to find answers to these things. One of the biggest ones was how to value a brewery. We literally had no idea. And because equity crowdfunding wasn’t a thing in Australia, people had no access …

Our Beer Sensory Program in 2021

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One of the greatest challenges when it comes to brewing beer at large volumes is ensuring that it maintains a consistent level of quality every time it leaves your brewery and enters the marketplace. As well as our strictly controlled brewing processes and a robust quality lab set up, another way to ensure that we get this right is by …

The Challenge of Staying Independent

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Before you jump to conclusions, we aren’t selling!! OK read on…. Ever since we started Black Hops as a Gypsy brewer back in 2014, the topic of independence has been on our radar. Whether or not a company is independent is not something we’d thought too much about before starting a brewery. I always thought it would be a dream …

Press Release: Black Hops Adds East Coast Haze To Its Core Range Of Beers

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Gold Coast, Queensland: April 2021. Award winning Gold Coast craft brewery Black Hops have unveiled the latest addition to their core range of beers, a 4.5% Hazy Pale Ale known as East Coast Haze. The eighth beer to become a Black Hops core range staple, East Coast Haze is described as: A cool coastal breeze in the golden sunshine, this …

Canning More Beer – Black Hops’ $3m Packaging Line Upgrade

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We recently announced that we’re about to commence a three million dollar upgrade to our primary production brewery at Biggera Waters (BHII) on the Northern Gold Coast with the purchase and pending implementation of a new, state of the art packaging line solution. You can read the press release here. It’s a big step up for us, but a necessary …

Top 11 Lessons Building a Brewery and Navigating the Valley of Death (part 2 of 2)

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Last week I put out our first 6 of our Top 11 lessons building Black Hops and in today’s post I’ll go through the final 5 lessons and some thoughts on navigating the brewery valley of death. 6. Don’t Get Too Creative But Also Get Very Creative We’ve learned a few lessons when it comes to being creative with our …