AO wrote:Brew pubs are popping up all over the place.
The thing in Charlotte the last few years is breweries, not brewpubs. Beer, tap room, no food. They are flourishing. But they seriously have their crap together when it comes to marketing and distribution to local bars and restaurants, as well as having a nice finished tap room. Most notably Triple C and NoDa and Birdsong. Distribution to retail is pretty limited, with just a few bombers/growlers (with the new addition of the aforementioned NoDa cans, made possibly by their booming popularity).
I don't know why the same thing wouldn't work in Des Moines (or IA City/CR or the QC). It obviously takes money and some serious business savvy, but the market should be there. And going beer-only (and relying on food trucks and/or take-in) simplifies it so much.
I don't know why they don't focus on just beer. I'd be interested to hear why. Seems the only one in Iowa doing the above is Toppling Goliath. They seem to be doing it right and there beer is in high demand.
I think the majority going in these days are tap room only breweries. Of the 7 that have gone up recently in the DSM area (Twisted Vine, Confluence, 515 Brewing, Exile, Number 7, New American - Just Opened, Fire Trucker - Opening 2014) only Exile and Number 7 are brewpubs. Exile has blah baby step German style beer, but great food. Number 7 is a dumpster fire; crappy food and beer, and Fire Trucker is opening right across the street. The end of Number 7 in near. The rest are nano or micro breweries that have tap rooms (Confluence, 515, Fire Trucker), or off premise on tap only (New American and Twisted Vine).
I see a lot of nano breweries in Iowa popping up all over the place. This is a great way to get the scene moving; its also low overhead and low risk for the proprietor.
I don't think you'll see a lot of production micro breweries, like Toppling Goliath, Its just too costly. You may see some nano's / micro's grow into a production facility, like TG did, but it takes time and a superb product. We have a handful of production breweries in the state, however they don't have superb products so the hype is not there. I personally think you have to grow it to that level, not start at that level. Confluence has plan and brewery space to be a production brewer, but they are taking it one step at a time.
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