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Brewing Up a Business: Adventures in Beer from the Founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Paperback – February 8, 2011
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From the Back Cover
"Rarely is a book as good as a beer, but this one is. It's written with humor, humility, and passion, essential ingredients for any entrepreneur."
—BOB GUCCIONE JR., founder of Spin magazine and Gear magazine
"Brewing Up a Business will inspire both entrepreneurs and aspiring small business owners to have the confidence to follow their dreams."
—JIM DAVIS, Chairman and CEO of New Balance
"Sam Calagione embodies the spirit of a true Delaware entrepreneur. Starting out as the smallest brewery in the nation, Sam's ambition, acute business sense, and vision have allowed Dogfish Head Craft Brewery to successfully enter an extremely competitive market as Dogfish Head continues to leave an indelible mark on the beer industry."
—RUTH ANN MINNER, former Governor of Delaware
"Everything you want to know about succeeding in business you can learn from beer. At least, you can if it's the remarkable story of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. Brewing Up a Business is like a how-to manual for entrepreneurs. With humor, creativity, and wisdom, Sam Calagione has crafted a new kind of business book that's as unique as his great beer!"
—JOE CALLOWAY, author of Becoming a Category of One and Indispensable
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I would say that those individuals with experience in opening a business, or having a college background in business or management would find the contents rather uninformative. It reads like a very beginner book for those who have thought about opening a business but have never really studied up on the subject. Unfortunately those individuals to whom this book is targeted, are the most likely to fail in opening a business. Reading this might open their eyes to much of the unseen costs and time put in to start up.
The book mainly centers around Sam's personal beliefs. It never really delves deeply into subjects such as licensing, raising startup capital, insurance, liabilities, theft, and planning. Instead he briefly touches on these subjects and then discusses his own personal beliefs and opinions on the subjects. "I think I did great because I had great people" or "Make sure to take some time off, I find that it really helps me creatively". Good words of advice, but not what I am looking for as a major source of information for opening a business.
I do love the craft brewery market, and this does contain some fun stories (though not enough in my opinion) so that is why it gets 3 stars.
Though I did find some anecdotes interesting, I think there are much better business texts out there that one should use as a guideline for opening a business, this is just one book that can be added to a collection of the many books you can and SHOULD read before starting a business.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My favorite brewing autobiography to date. This book is great for entrepreneurs in any industry, not just the beer industry.Published 19 days ago by AmazonBuyer
Certainly not a "how to" guide, but it is guidance nonetheless. Interesting examples from the story of Dogfish coupled with some good insights on leadership at different levels... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very interesting, informative, and entertaining. I recommend for any aspiring entrepreneur.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Nice book, Sam you're my hero man in how you made grown your brewing company and the help of your wife. Perfect book, I loved it and I coming for the second book.Published 3 months ago by Julio C. Delgado B
Sam Calagione passionately wrote this book and showed a piece of his soul in it. Numerous passages show extraordinary ‘off centered’ moments. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
A lot of great examples of how to run a brewery/brewpub the most effective way!Published 9 months ago by Steve Reza
Good read. Second half of the book repeats a lot of information previously stated.Published 9 months ago by Michael Alford
It's like spending time with Sam learning his trials and errors, this is a good book to understand ways it could go if you decide to open your own place.Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer