Jays Brewing with Thomas Boman – BeerSmith Podcast #126

by Brad Smith on May 23, 2016 · 0 comments

PodNew200This week I visit Jay’s Brewing shop in Manassas Virginia and interview Thomas Boman on what its like to own and operate a small local homebrew shop.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (40:26)

  • Today on the show I visit Jay’s Brewing in Manassas for a remote shoot and interview Thomas Boman its owner about what its like to own a small home brewing shop.
  • We start with a discussion about what its like to own a small homebrew shop
  • Thomas gives us a bit of the history behind Jay’s brewing and how he acquirea bit over a year ago.
  • We walk through some of the challenges Thomas and his wife ran into in trying to overhaul and run the shop.
  • Thomas explains how the local brewing community has reacted to the changes they’ve made.
  • We discuss how a brewing shop gets many of its ingredients and equipment at the wholesale level, as well as why some things are harder to get.
  • Thomas tells us why the local homebrew shop still offers advantages over ordering from some of the large online brewing suppliers.
  • We talk about the key role the local homebrew shop has in bringing new people into beer brewing as well as training and education.
  • We also discuss how the shop is tied in with local clubs and events.
  • Thomas tells us why he’s seen an uptick in sales the last year and how he’s continuing to drive the store forward.
  • He shares his thoughts on the direction of brewing for the next few years as well as closing thoughts.


Thanks to Thomas Boman for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!

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