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Alan Pugsley Sits Down with Beer Business Radio

Shipyard co-founder and original master brewer, Alan Pugsley, sat down with Todd Officer of Beer Business Radio to chat about beer, business and everything in between.

Here’s a sneak peak at Todd’s interview with Alan:

Worst Business Moment:

It’s the mid 90’s, you ink a partnership deal with Miller Brewing Company only to watch your barrel production drop from 40,000bbls to 25,000bbls over the course of the next twelve months…….talk about depressing!

“Light Bulb” Moment:

When Alan first came to the state, he helped David Geary establish his brewery.  After receiving verbal instructions of the type a beer David was looking for, Alan brewed up the first batch and finally let David have a drink…..David took a sip, swished it around with a serious look on his face.  Then he said with a big smile on his face “Hmm…Geary’s Pale Ale…that’s it, you got it.” At that point in time Alan thought to himself, “Wow, I think I made it”…..making it from the Peter Austin apprenticeship to being able to do this beer thing on his own.

Best Advice:

“Buy the best raw materials that money can buy……clean the brewery from head to toe, all the time……boil the brew kettle hard……and pray to God!”

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