I kind of dropped off the map there for a little bit, as I’ve been reorienting a bit after the beer tasting party at Play|Date a few weekends ago. The tasting was a success, turnout was massive (over 50 people showed up!), lots of happy folks tried the full range of beers, and Abby from Nom*Ables brought some excellent treats for everyone—including a plum cake made using my stout! Megalith even got our first few checkins on Untappd, which is a nice little milestone! There were some technical problems at the start of the event, though – certainly things to chalk up in the ‘lessons learned’ category, mistakes that it will be easy to avoid in the future.

Speaking of lessons learned, here’s a great article I found today, with feedback from a whole bunch of brewers around the US giving their top tips for starting a small craft brewery:

“61 Brewers Speak Out: What I Wish I’d Known Before Starting a Brewery”

I think my biggest takeaway from that is that it’s good to see I’m not the only one planning to start extremely small, and that I need to have a solid growth plan in mind when I’m seeking out locations. I keep expecting this to start very small, and to stay that way indefinitely, but I should be prepared for the distinct possibility that this plan of mine might actually take off (such thinking tends to go against my better nature, unfortunately).

Future stuff: I’m currently in the planning stages for the next Tasting Party, which should coincide with the launch of a Kickstarter project to get the funds necessary to take the next legal steps (which include signing a lease, applying for the necessary permits, and procuring the equipment & furniture I’ll need to open up). In the meantime, I’m also fine-tuning the details on a Founder’s Club, which is going to be the first real step toward greater fund-raising goals. Keep checking here for more details, and if you’re interested in investing in Megalith please let me know, and I’ll keep you in the loop as plans continue to develop.