North Pier Brewing Co.

We’ve only just begun

“Do I know what I’m doing today? No. But I’m here, and I’m going to give it my best shot”


Hansel, Zoolander

This blog is dedicated to the goings-on at North Pier Brewing Company for anyone who is interested in learning more about us. We’ll be adding more posts with some background on us, updates on our progress, and some additional ramblings from me.

We’ve come a long way in the past six months. We turned an idea into a business plan, started executing and haven’t looked back.

We searched high and low for a building and ended up in a location that has been in front of my eyes for years. As an
avid-yet-mediocre golfer, I’ve driven by our building many times while playing Harbor Shores. We filled out countless forms, signed our lives away, and filed for our Brewer’s Notice and Microbrewery License. We hired a head brewer, developed recipes, and brewed our first test batches. All signs point to us sticking to our timeline but there are always unknowns and surprises (like the fact that my wife, Jordan, and I found out we are having twins shortly after the brewery opens!).

Starting a brewery is exciting, terrifying, fun, tedious, strategic, tactical, and a whole host of other things all at the same time. It’s exciting to be on the verge of selling our own beer in our own taproom, yet terrifying because of the risk of failure. It’s been fun visiting other breweries, tasting new beers and creating our own beers, but tedious wading through the mountains of paperwork required to get our licenses. We’ve put our strategic hats on and envisioned the future, yet we’ve been tactical in figuring out the minute details to get us into operation. One thing is certain though – it’s the best job I’ve ever had and I’m going to give it my best shot.

Hope you enjoy and look forward to seeing you all for a beer in 2016!

– Jay