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Opening a Brewery in Ecuador, South America

Posted in Bandido Brewing, Beer, Brew Against the Machine, Brewing, Craft Beer Ecuador, CraftBeer, Microbrewery, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on August 21, 2013 by themadhopper
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Bandido Brewing, a new Microbrewery located in the old town of Quito.

I moved to Ecuador over a year and a half ago to help open a hostel. During my time at the hostel my Co-workers and I found that there was a general lack of good beer in Ecuador. Ecuador, like many South American countries has a beer industry monopolized by watery German style lagers which I am sure at one point ( in the early 1900’s or so ) was great. However, most of it has fallen to being the same if not worse than the large commercial brewers of the United States (Budweiser, Coors, etc. etc.).

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So all of us having gone to college in the Pacific Northwest I am sure you could understand not only our frustration but also our withdrawals. It was about six months into our craft beer fending that we decided to do something about it, and no we didn’t just decide to give in and sacrifice our dignity and taste buds for a little beer.

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So what would you say the rational solution to our dilemma was?

Open our own Microbrewery of course! Well, I don’t know if id say it was rational but that was our solution.

Now that was about a year ago that we decided to open a Brewery and since then we’ve had just about every set back you could imagine, and although we are still not officially open we have come a great deal closer to our dream of creating a new hopciety in Ecuador. Truthfully, all that is left is getting all of our permits done (which is a bureaucratic nightmare in Ecuador I’ll have you know! ). We have the beer, we have the following and once we open we are going to work our asses off to bring some of the Pacific Northwest beer culture to Ecuador!

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So check out our website https://www.bandidobrewing.com, our facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bandido-Brewing/403769543049657, or just drop by and have a pint with us.

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The Awesome Brewery that is Stone

Posted in Beer, Brew Against the Machine, Brewing, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on March 20, 2013 by themadhopper

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Here is a great interview with Greg Koch and Steve Wagner the owners of Stone Brewing.

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-himi-stone-20130317,0,5332429.story 

The interview talks with Koch and Wagner about their humble start and how they became a powerhouse in Brewing. Its a quick read but really gives you some insight into what life is like starting a new business especially in a new market.

I’ve always enjoyed Stone but reading this confirms for me how awesome the Brewery is. The owners distribute themselves and help out smaller local breweries

The company pours competing craft beers at its restaurant. Helping other brewers may seem counterproductive, but not to Stone’s founders. The idea, Koch said, is to build interest in flavorful, craft-brewed beer and steal customers from large breweries that hold a majority of market share.

Koch and Wagner are true believers in what it means to be a craft brewer. They understand that we all have to stick together in order to beat the big guys. Its not about competing against each other but against the Industry.

The Beer Brand Identity

Posted in Beer, Brew Against the Machine, Brewing, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 20, 2013 by themadhopper

Hopefully ” buy local” which is generally applied to produce and food will extend to the beer market as well. There is a time and place for cheap beer like Budweiser but I think that once you get use to it buying locally from a microbrewery is much more satisfying. Not only is there a sense of pride in having bought a great beer that is made locally but its fun to meet the faces behind that beer, and some times if your lucky those local brewers will pass you a pint or two.

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