022: Brent Ryan – Newport Storm Brewery

Episode 022:

  • Brent Ryan is the president and co-founder of Newport Storm Brewery which released it’s first beer in July 1999.  Started by four friends after graduating college, Newport Storm has steadily grown over the years and has even launched a distillery.

Worst Business Moment:

  • Your brewery is your “baby.” You can get emotional about it, take things personally and sometimes over step your boundaries when it comes to critiquing partners like your distributor.  This is exactly what happen with Newport Storm when they were working on a project with their distributor.  Things got a little scary and they weren’t sure how and if the relationship would bounce back.

“Light Bulb” Moment:

  • Watching that first person whom you don’t know purchase the beer you make is an awesome experience.

Best Advice Ever Received:

  • Its about selling beer………you need to connect with the people who are buying the product you make.

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