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mmmatt
01-23-2015, 09:55 AM
Looking to do a little nano Brewfest this summer at my (non distributing ) brewpub. I have the ability to close down a small street section infront of my pub, set up simple booths and have a Brewfest featuring Nano breweries. I see this as an opertunity for smaller breweries to break into the hot Milwaukee beer market. The Bay View neighborhood that I am located in is the craft beer epicenter of Milwaukee and would offer good exposure.

I would like to discuss this event and hopefully solicit some working nano breweries to be a part of it. If there was a lot of interest I would lean toward the more local breweries but I know how tough it is as a nano keeping up with production so I'm thinking most will decline based on production needs.

Attached is a picture from google maps showing my location. The small section of street right in front of my pub can be closed for booths and bands. The triangle across the street is likely fair game as well. The parking lot next to my building belongs to my neighbors who would likely be a part of this as well. cafe lulu is highly respected upscale casual food and would likely allow a tap takeover for brewers who don't want to do a booth.

Things I'm thinking:
Fence it off and do tickets or just sell beers, or beer coupons for use at the booths?
Do a formal judging panel of local craft beer bar owners?
Other ways of getting bar owners or local distributors to take part?
Keep this to nano breweries? 7bbl or under?

Let's discuss! Any experience with these kinds of things is helpful.

Matt
D14 Brewery & Pub
2273 s Howell ave
Milwaukee, wi. 53207



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mmmatt
01-26-2015, 08:04 AM
I think I just heard a cricket

nateo
01-26-2015, 08:16 AM
I think I just heard a cricket

It seems most of the "nanos" active on here are fever dreams. Anyone running a real, functioning nano probably doesn't have time to spend on internet forums.

admin
01-26-2015, 08:19 AM
I think I just heard a cricket
I recommend you reach out to Rogue in PDX. They've been running a Nano Fest out of Green Dragon for several years and might have some good insights for you.

Thirsty_Monk
01-26-2015, 08:41 AM
May be you should make it "brewers only" fest. No beer distributors. You have a great idea but sometimes for nano it is hard to attend a beer fest.

Did you contact Black Husky or Plymouth brewing. Not sure how many nanos are there in MKE area.

mmmatt
01-28-2015, 08:19 AM
It seems most of the "nanos" active on here are fever dreams. Anyone running a real, functioning nano probably doesn't have time to spend on internet forums.

I was thinking this might be the case.


I recommend you reach out to Rogue in PDX. They've been running a Nano Fest out of Green Dragon for several years and might have some good insights for you.

I will try that.


May be you should make it "brewers only" fest. No beer distributors. You have a great idea but sometimes for nano it is hard to attend a beer fest.

Did you contact Black Husky or Plymouth brewing. Not sure how many nanos are there in MKE area.

There are quite a few startups but we are all hitting it pretty hard to keep up. Black Husky , and many others I'm sure, have waiting lists.

I'm changing gears and going to just try for local Breweries not necessarily Nanos. I'll probably stat another thread for advice about the festival format.

Thanks Guys

Matt

otterbrau
01-30-2016, 03:12 PM
Hi Matt,
While not quite small enough to be a nano (10 Bbl brewhouse), we're a brewpub in Madison doing a little self-distributing to the Milwaukee area. I like the idea of a little guys (and gals) only festival, and I agree Bayview would be a sweet place to hold it.
Please let us know if anything materializes.
Cheers,
Scott
Vintage Brewing Company
vintagebrewer at gmail dot com
(email is best, I don't check Probrewer messages often)

Myztik83
01-30-2016, 10:15 PM
I work for a 1bbl nano starting up in Oconomowoc. we are just getting our state permit soon I'd love to join you.
Josh Kueffer
Brewer
Leisure Brewing Co
Myztik83@yahoo.com

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