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      Raleigh Podcast

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

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

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


      This was a fun one from back in 2017, but still relevant to today. Adam's one of my favorite humans, period. Enjoy. -John

      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 Brewing 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 7 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

      BBQ - Tomato vs. Vinegar (get the shirt HERE)

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

      Peeing on electric fences

      Rooster for the Masses band



      Folks Mentioned

      David Meeker and the Trophy Brewing Crew

      Rodney Hines - The No-Hand King of Raleigh

      Zack Crain - FREAKER Sock founder


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      Thanks y'all
      John Pugh
      House of Swank