005: Kelly Taylor – Kelso Beer Company

Episode 005:

  • Kelly Taylor and his wife Sonya Giacobbe started Kelso in 2006. Kelly’s roots in the craft beer industry go back to the early 90’s and in addition to running Kelso, he also oversees production for the Heartland Brewing Group.

Worst Business Moment:

  • How does backwards growth, that was largely outside of your control, after many years of pretty good growth sound?  Not fun at all….but that’s what Kelso experienced just this past year when they ran into issues with their distributor.

“Light Bulb” Moment:

  • When you are running a contract brewing operation and realize, hey! I can start a brewery right here out of this space and basically contract brew for myself……

Best Advice Ever Received:

  • If you want to start a business at some point, start developing business credit now.


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