030: Sumit Vohra – Lonerider Brewing Co.

Episode 030:

  • Sumit Vohra is the CEO, Co-founder and Chief Drinking Officer of Lonerider Brewing Company in Raleigh, NC. Sumit was an avid home brewer and in 2008, quit his comfortable corporate job and poured his life savings into his passion launching Lonerider with a couple of buddies in 2009.

Worst Business Moment:

  • The industry was heading towards cans and Lonerider made the decisions to switch from bottling into cans to stay ahead of the trend.  They sold off their bottling line and bought a canning line.  The canning line was delayed and then when it came, it didn’t work!  For three months they had to delay a seasonal, cash flow wasn’t coming in and there was difficultly with distribution partners.  It took about a year for Lonerider to fully recover from all of this.

Most Rewarding Moment:

  • When you are sitting at a bar and someone orders your beer and says, “man this is damn good beer.”  They have no idea who you are and that you work for the brewery and you just sit there and talk to them about why they like the beer.  Sumit says this is some of the most rewarding times of being a brewer.

Best Advice Ever Received:

  • Make a decision and move on…..


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