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Starting a Brewery? There's an App for That!

If you’re an aspiring brewmaster and working towards opening your own craft brewery, microbrewery, or nanobrewery, you’ll want to check out the iCraftBrew app.

The iCraftBrew is a free app designed to help you open a craft brewery in the FAB Region (i.e. Hastings County, Lennox & Addington County, Prince Edward County, Frontenac CFDC).

The app is available for iOS6 or later, iPad, as well as Android.

Wondering how the app will assist you? Here are the main topics found within the iCraftBrew app:

Preparing For Your Brewery

Before delving into any business venture, it is important to determine the potential market size. In the case of craft beer, the Ontario Craft Brewer’s market share for premium priced brands has more than tripled since 2002, growing from less than 1% to over 3% of the beer volume sold in Ontario and continues to be the fastest growing segment within the LCBO’s beer category. In addition, Ontario is now home to more than 100 craft breweries!

Once you have a grasp on the market, you will begin to develop your idea further. In this phase you will begin to ask many, many, many questions, like:

  • What are my objectives for entering the craft brewing industry?
  • Where do I want my brewery to be located? (In the FAB Region, of course!)
  • How much will it cost to launch my craft brewery?

Finally, you will develop a business plan. A business plan is important as it increases your chances of success by forcing you to consider every aspect of your business. The plan also serves as an on-going benchmark, allowing you to gauge success and plan for growth. The business plan is what investors, including banks, want to see in order to determine whether you and your business are good risks.

Setting-Up Your Brewery

Financing is a big question for many entrepreneurs. Download the app to review available financing –> Apple or Android.

Do you know all the regulations, licences, and permits required to properly operate a craft brewery? The FAB Region can assist you with determining and obtaining the applicable permits and licences in order to legally operate your craft brewery.

Will you rent or purchase the property for your craft brewery? Regardless, there are a number of considerations, including water supply, electrical wiring, square footage, ceiling height, and ventilation. Once you’ve found the perfect location, you will need to source the brewing equipment and supplies you need to brew your beer! The iCraftBrew app has a great list of equipment to get started.

Selling Your Craft Beer

It’s entirely possible to effectively market your craft brewery business without spending a fortune on traditional advertising. The iCraftBrew app will provide you with tips and information about marketing your new brewery, including branding, networking, and developing websites.

The iCraftBrew app is available for iOS6 or later, iPad, as well as Android. If you need further assistance, or would like to speak to someone in a specific region, please contact us!

iCraft Brew Blog

Frontenc CFDC: Anne Prichard, frontenac@fabregion.ca

Hastings County: Andrew Redden, hastings@fabregion.ca

Lennox & Addington County: Stephen Paul, landafabregion.ca

Prince Edward County: Neil Carbone, cdd@pecounty.on.ca