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B.R. Distilling: Surfing the Craft Whiskey Boom to High Growth

B.R. Distilling Company's CEO McCauley Williams sees great growth potential in their American whiskey startup out of Memphis, Tennessee. The career change that McCauley Williams made in his late 20s would likely send a mother’s heart into palpitations. But his switch from a mergers-and-acquisitions attorney at a prestigious law firm…

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Women in Brewing: Lisa Miller

Despite the gains women have made in brewing, Lisa Miller believes it is still very much a man’s world. When the CEO of Natchez Brewing Company is with her husband Pat, the head brewer, at events, he gets addressed first 99 percent of the time because others assume he is…

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What to Consider Before Expanding Your Craft Brewery

Before expanding your craft brewery, what items do you need on your checklist? Matthew McLaughlin explores the steps in an article written with Kate Lumpkin of Live Oak Bank. The meteoric rise of craft breweries has resulted in a corresponding rise in competition. Our own Matthew McLaughlin addressed that growth…

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Women in Brewing: Jean Irby

Jean Irby is co-founder and brewer at Mayhew Junction in Starkville, Mississippi. An engineer by trade, Irby is used to being the only woman in the room. So the novel idea of running a company in a male-dominated industry wasn't something that really posed a challenge. But there have been…

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Women in Brewing: Leslie Henderson

This article on Leslie Henderson kicks off a four-part series on women in craft brewing in the state of Mississippi. Enjoy! There's a misconception that brewing beer is something only men do. The truth is that 21 percent of U.S. breweries had at least one woman as co-founder, CEO, or…

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Century Tree Cidery: Bringing Hard Cider South

Peter and Meredith DeLeeuw started making hard cider with a Mr. Beer kit while students at Texas A&M. The Texas natives loved it so much that come fall of 2019, they’ll be creating their own unique concoctions, from scratch, at Century Tree Cider in Memphis, which will begin construction this…

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Crosstown Brewing Company: The Power of Place

Clark Ortkiese and Will Goodwin, cofounders of Crosstown Brewing Company, first bonded over home-brewing. They’d both grown up in Memphis, knew each other but weren’t close and had both moved away as young adults. Both got married to Memphis natives, had kids and ended up back in their hometown for…

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Our Favorite ‘Small Batch’ Stories from 2018

While 2018 has been a whirlwind year, we have been very fortunate to work with some incredible food and beverage entrepreneurs as well as innovators in other markets. It's almost surreal that we get to work with clients who fuel our passion for what we do—helping food and beverage businesses get…

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