The Brewers Roundtable

The Brewers Roundtable is a moderated peer-learning forum for brewery owners. We meet via video conference. We focus on all facets of owning, operating and running a brewery. The topics set by brewery owners on each call. Current meeting discussion involve reopening in a COVID-19 world in addition to general operations discussions. Our goal is to learn from each other’s wins and losses to arrive at best practices for your business. We discuss high level issues such as but not limited to Distribution, Inventory Management, Growth, Supplies, Equipment, Event Strategy, Employee Issues and other topics your group want to discuss. Brian Boak (former owner of BOAKS Beer and on the UVT Craft Beer Program Advisory Board) moderates the conversation to keep it moving and productive. Legislative and Guild discussions are excluded.

Nobody is great at everything. The Brewers Roundtable members learn from each other’s experiences to discover best practices for their own brewery.

We run a NJ Specific group and a National Group. Happy to set up other State Specific groups. If you want to discuss or join email

There are two ways to have access to the Brewers Roundtable. With either program, the breweries first meeting is FREE!!! This way you can understand the value.

Pay as you go: After your free meeting, subsequent meetings are $8 per brewery (not per person). No subscription. Only pay for meetings you attend. Would you pay the cost of a beer or two to help your brewery and help other brewery owners at the same time? With this program there is no access to the Brewers Roundtable Private Facebook Page.

Subscription based: The subscription program is a discounted plan that offers more access. If you sign up for the subscription program after your free meeting, you have free access to all National calls and you have access to the Brewers Roundtable Private Facebook Page that only has brewery owners (not the general public) so you can ask and answer question of your peers. In addition, all the National and NJ Brewers Roundtable meeting are recorded and posted on this Private site for you to hear. If other states are added, you would have access to those video meetings. Subscriptions are $75 per year, prorated if you join mid-year. The National call is held on the first Monday of the month (first Tuesday if the first Monday is a Holiday)

How long are the meetings? Video meetings are 60-90 minutes (based on the groups request). We start on time and end on time!!

Why join? Nobody is great at everything. The Brewers Roundtable members learn from each other’s experiences to discover best practices for their own brewery.

How often is the meeting? The National meeting is the first Monday of the month. The NJ call is currently every other week but will eventually move back to Monthly.

Some of the items discussed at previous Roundtable meetings:

  • Reopening Procedures and Processes
  • What kills COVID to sterilize breweries?
  • PPE
  • What Online store works and what does not
  • Contract Hop sharing
  • ABC Inspections
  • Business Interruptions Insurance
  • Hires & Non-Owned Auto for deliveries using personal cars
  • Crowler Machines & Crowler Shortage
  • T-Shirt Suppliers
  • Point of Sale Systems & Square tracking of beer sold
  • Tax Filings
  • Out of Code/Spoiled beer
  • Keg Leasing discussion
  • Virtual Beerfest, Beer Tasting/Education
  • Co-Op buying
  • Grain prices, delivery options
  • Can Growler Exchanges work
  • Can sharing for breweries that are awaiting can orders but are out
  • Lots of other items

About Brian Boak

Brian’s mom called him a “Beer Snob” in 1977 before there was craft beer. He started homebrewing in 1999 with a $25 MrBeer™ kit and helping out in a brewery in 2000. Eventually BOAKS Beer would be distributed throughout NJ and PA. After closing BOAKS in 2016, Brian founded the Brewers Roundtable, a peer-learning forum for brewery owners.

With over 30 years in insurance/risk management and over 20 years with breweries, Brian has advised breweries on insurance, risk management, festivals and other items.

Brian P. Boak
Zymurgy Risk Advisor