Opening a Small Brewery Workshop

February 23rd, 2017 • by Paul Leone
Paul Leone

Paul Leone

Paul Leone is the Executive Director of the New York State Brewers Association.

Sunday March 19 and Monday March 20

9:00 am – 6:00 pm


If you are considering opening a brewery you owe it to yourself to be as informed as possible.   This intensive two-day workshop to be held at Hopshire Farm & Brewery in Freeville, NY will allow you to participate in a 7 barrel brew on the first day.    The second day will be devoted to a detailed walk-through of the many licenses and approvals your brewery will need.   In one place you will find a comprehensive presentation of what you will need to start your brewery.

We have a short notice on this workshop to accommodate some folks who are anxious to open.   This will probably be a small class and a great time to get hands on experience and individual attention.   Please let us know right away if you are interested.


Day 1  Brewday

  • Start-to-finish 7 barrel brew including mashing, sparging, boil, cooling/ transfer, and yeast pitching
  • Using to brewing software to create recipes and measure efficiency
  • Conduct pH and SG measurements throughout the process
  • Learn the critical aspects of sanitation
  • Discuss new and used sources of brewery equipment
  • Understand a malt analysis
  • Review sources of grain and hops (NY and other)


Day 2 Licensing, Labeling and other Approvals

  • We will walk through the Federal and NYS license process
  • NYS farm brewery, microbrewery and brewpub differences
  • Label and formula approval
  • and Mkts 20 C Wholesale license
  • NYS sales tax submission and keg wholesale report
  • Payroll tax reporting
  • Sales tax payments
  • Good bookkeeping practices
  • Federal and State Brewers reports and excise tax
  • Discussion of brewery business plans
  • Brewery/ tasting room architecture
  • Introduction to tasting room operations
  • Alcohol server training resources


Workshop limited to 12 people to allow participation

Cost $500 per person

Breakfast and Lunch will be provided both days

Dinner is on your own

We can provide a list of nearby hotels and restaurants

$100 deposit will hold your place. To reserve call Randy at 607 229-6700 or email at



Randy Lacey

A facilities engineer for 30+ years, Randy began his transition to brewing about 15 years ago when he became a homebrewer and hops grower.   He is a founding board member of the Northeast Hops Alliance and a member of the NY Brewers Association Farm Brewery Subcommittee.   He is the co-owner and head brewer at Hopshire Farm & Brewery.


Diane Gerhart

Diane was a public school teacher for 20 years and a small business bookkeeper.  She is now co-owner and Business Manager of Hopshire Farm and Brewery where she manages the tasting room and is responsible for all bookkeeping, payroll and tax submissions.


Marty Lacey

Since the opening of Hopshire in 2013 Marty has been brewing with us.  During a long career as a carpenter Marty has also been a home brewer and winemaker.  He now works full time as a brewer.  His attention to detail and problem solving skills are important to beer quality at Hopshire.