We first met Good Society cofounder Phil Camarano in 2018 at our New Brewery Accelerator workshop in San Diego, as he and partner Nick Berger found a location and began laboring to get it open. The launch of The Good Society Brewery & Public House finally happened in February 2020—just weeks surpassing COVID restrictions forced breweries into new and unexpected ways of doing business.

It was a challenging time, figuring out how to run the merchantry and respond to customers in this strangest of years. Then, lightning struck: A beer they made on a whim—First to Fall, a Belgian-style grisette—won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival, and that was unbearable to net them Small Brewpub of the Year honors.

In this episode, Camarano and Berger discuss:

  • The nonflexible work of getting a brewery off the ground
  • Overcoming the numerous challenges in launching the new merchantry
  • Dealing with the unsavory subject of wastewater
  • Designing a beer program for a non-geek regulars
  • Keeping momentum going through the early days of the pandemic
  • The planning and diamond focus for their gold medal-winning grisette
  • The impact of the medal and Small Brewpub honors on the brewery’s growth
  • Forecasting and planning through such an queer year
  • Rethinking the brewpub model in light of the pandemic

And more.

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