We’ve been seeing a lot of this. Cities, counties, universities and now even provinces releasing how-to guides to encourage more growth in the brewing industry. Here’s a very specific guide to opening a brewery in Frederick County, Md. Here’s a handbook for growing Ohio winter malting barley. Here’s a pitch from an Oregon city (with incentives) for any brewery to please come open up there. And here’s the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs publishing its Guide to Starting a Craft Brewery in Ontario. The latter was just released and is a free, 58-page guide that covers topics ranging from business plans, financing, marketing, branding, insurance, brewing, government support/requirements, brewery design, packaging, labeling, retail, distribution, grants and lots more.
According to the guide:
Craft beer is a thriving industry in Ontario; as of 2015 the industry employed well over 1,500 people in direct brewery jobs and over 6,000 in indirect jobs (using a multiplier of four)1. In 2014-15, Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) sales of Ontario craft beer grew to over $69 million, up nearly 35% annually in 2015-162. Craft beer continues to be the fastest-growing segment within the LCBO’s beer category, growing at anywhere from 20%–30% per year.
This is definitely one of the best and most comprehensive guides we’ve seen for opening up a brewery in a specific area. Download a PDF right here.