020: Oscar Wong – Highland Brewing Company

Episode 020:

  • Oscar Wong is the owner and founder of Highland Brewing Company located in Asheville, North Carolina.  Highland rolled out its first kegs in December 1994 with a system built almost entirely of retrofitted dairy equipment.

Worst Business Moment:

  • Three years after starting Highland, Oscar was talked into starting a brewpub.  Oscar said this venture really took a lot of the “gas out of his tank”.  The pub took his “eye off the ball” in regards to the the brewery and two years later he closed the pub.

“Light Bulb” Moment:

  • Highland’s distributor was pushing them to get into 12oz bottles.  They were very reluctant as they had no space and would be forced to move locations to make this happen and that was a daunting task.  Once they made that leap however, production really took off.

Best Advice Ever Received:

  • Be honest with people……..

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