In this episode of I Built This Brewery, we head to Luray, Virginia to talk with Beerpreneur, Alumnus of UVM's Business of Craft Beer Program, and Air Force Veteran Jim Turner of Hawksbill Brewing Company.
What started as a hops farm and a home brewing hobby has turned into a successful brewery in the Shenandoah Valley, two hours west of Washington, DC. Nestled in what Jim calls "a Bud Light community," he challenged his team and business partner/brewer to create a craft beer that the locals would love. They now brew in-house, a five barrel system including their flagship beer, Haymaker Cream Ale.
Listen in as UVM Business of Craft Beer Program Director Gregory Dunkling chats with Jim about why he launched a brewery, challenges and successes and his advice for budding brewers.
I Built This Brewery Podcast, sponsored by the University of Vermont's Business of Craft Beer Program, is a show where brewery owners from across the country share their stories of how and why they started a brewery. We explore their backgrounds before beer, the adventures of opening a brewery, and garner their best piece of advice for future brewery owners.