Most people working in the industry aren't getting paid, either
"People on my team have salaries in the low $30,000 range, and that kills me because they're talented and work hard. You couldn't just hire a bum off the street to do their jobs, and they make more than our brewers. That's how bad it is. It's not just us.
"The craft beer industry notoriously pays shit. It still astonishes me when I hear what some people get paid. That's because our margins are so tight. Then you look at spirits -- their margins are insane. At a dive bar, a whiskey & soda is $6-$7. Think of how much profit that one bottle pays the distillery. Your glass is halfway filled with soda water! The margins are incredible for the bar, the distributor, and the distillery."
Working in craft beer isn't a cakewalk
"I love my job and the industry. But it's not as glamorous as people think. When people ask me to hook them up with a job, I think, 'You wouldn't cut it.' You have to be passionate and put up with a lot of bullshit, and the industry's competitive right now. As much as there's this warm, fuzzy craft beer thing where everyone's supporting one another, everyone's also struggling for the viability of their business. I don't think it's long before you see more breweries fail than open.