016: Brian Dunn – Great Divide Brewing Co.

Episode 016:

  • Brian Dunn is the founder and president of Great Divide which he started in 1994.  After college, Brian spent time overseas and developed a passion for unique and different beers.  Upon returning to the states, starting to home brew and graduating from graduate school, Brian started what would become one of the countries most decorated and celebrated craft breweries.

Worst Business Moment:

  • You have a dream, you have a solid business plan and you’ve raised some start up capital from friends and family……..but you are still $50,000 short of what you need.  Then you turn to your friendly neighborhood bank to look for help, but eleven, that’s right 11, banks say “No”.  That’s a pretty discouraging moment in time.

“Light Bulb” Moment:

  • Brian quickly realized that people wanted to meet, know and interact with the folks who made the beer they enjoyed.  When they started, they had no tap room, weren’t in the nicest part of town, but their policy was if you can find the brewery, knock on the door and we’ll show you around.

Best Advice Ever Received:

  • “If you really care about the business you’ll find a way to overcome the obstacles”

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