How I Started a Brewery with Adam Eckhardt from Crank Arm Brewing

 

Today we're talking with Adam Eckhardt from Crank Arm Brewing. Adam gives his background growing up on rural New York, moving to Topsail Beach NC, then to Raleigh NC for work, eventually starting Crank Arm with his business partners. 

We recorded this episode at Capital Club 16, one of my absolute favorite places in Raleigh. Go there. Order anything. Thank me later. 

Like many entrepreneurs, Adam took a job loss  and turned it into an opportunity. Crank Arm is 4 years old, and already winning awards at the Great American Beer Festival.

Crank Arm Brewing is located at 319 W. Davie St. in the warehouse district in downtown Raleigh. 

Adam's Advice to new brewers: 

1) Get the Joy of Home Brewing book by Charlie Papazian

2) Buy a 5 gallon brew making kit

3) start brewing. Brew some more. Keep doing that

We also talk about finances, passion, backend management, legal stuff, hardest earned business lesson (get it on paper, y'all), Advice for New Business People, Brand Ambassador Programs... There's a BUNCH of stuff crammed into this episode. 

Other topics

NC BBQ - Tomato vs. Vinegar

Best Wrestlers: Andre the GiantJimmy "Superfly" SnukaThe American Dream Dusty RhodesHacksaw Jim DugganSgt. SlaughterHulk Hogan, and Ric Flair

Peeing on electric fences. It's a thing. 

Rooster for the Masses band

Myspace

Folks Mentioned

David Meeker and the Trophy Brewing Crew

Rodney Hines - The No-Hand King of Raleigh

Zack Crain - FREAKER Sock founder

As always, The Raleigh Raleigh Raleigh podcast is sponsored by the House of Swank Clothing Company. House of Swank makes the raddest North Carolina, Raleigh, and Southern themed tshirts on the planet....period. Come visit the shop in BEAUUUTiFUL downtown Raleigh  at 315 S. Bloodworth St , or visit us online at www.HouseofSwankClothing.com. Make sure to use the coupon code RALEIGH and get a Five Dollars off your first order. What a bargain for you!

 

 Adam Eckhardt from Crank Arm Brewing

Adam Eckhardt from Crank Arm Brewing