Commonhouse Aleworks – Park Circle

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Commonhouse Aleworks Hires Tap House Manager

Commonhouse Aleworks, the first microbrewery in the heart of the Park Circle Business District, announced a key addition to their core team today as they move towards an anticipated opening date in December of this year. Brian Stetson has joined the team as the Tap House Manager and will oversee the onsite experience of patrons […]

What’s Taking So Long – Part III

I’m not early calling it, but, good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, something BIG is about to happen. This is shaping up to be the second to last post on the Planning to Brew website. The last post will be redirecting you to our new commercial brewery website. More than two years of planning […]

What’s Taking So Long – Part II

In the post What’s Taking So Long – Part I we covered how we went from IDEA to BUSINESS PLAN and PRO FORMA and then also talked about SCOUTING out our LOCATION. In this post, we are going to cover a few things that haven’t really been talked about at all. Becuase we have not announced our […]

Financing the Brewery

I started writing the second part of the What’s Taking So Long series and was about half way through it when I realized that a very important piece of the puzzle needed to be included before I could go any further. I had said at some point in a previous post that Pearce and I […]

What’s Taking So Long – Part I

“Nothing ever happens as quickly as you would like it to…” – Me, just now I know there are probably a handful of folks who are wondering why updates here are so few and far between. Well, I can tell you that it is because this whole process is a long and complicated one. I […]

GABF Pro-Am Follow Up

There have been a lot of things happening in the life of this “start up” brewery lately and I have a lot to catch you all up on, but for right now I just wanted to give you a quick post to follow up on the GABF Pro-Am. Long story short: We did not win […]

GABF Pro-Am with Revelry Brewing

Back in May I wrote about some of the competitions that we had recently won and how exciting it was to get some validation on a few of our brews. There was one thing that was an unexpected consequence of those wins that will hopefully have some impact on our commercial endeavors. Not too long after […]

A Location Announcement is Imminent

You know what the hardest part is about planning a brewery? Having a free second to tell you all about it. For realz. Well, maybe finding a location too. The past several weeks have seen our “planning” go from 0-100 in intensity and direction. We have spent countless hours over the past year formulating a […]

Cleaning Up the Competitions

Sorry. It has been a few weeks since the last post. There has been a lot going on but nothing that truly warrants a status update…EXCEPT… Oh yeah.  These too…   We entered 5 beers into the American Homebrewer’s Association National Homebrew Competition and took home certificate honors with 3 of them. We also took […]

What’s in a Name? Part II

Holystone is dead! Long live Holystone! So in the last post (What’s in a Name? Part I) you were given the story of the birth of Holystone Brewing. Now let me tell you about the death of Holystone… Ok, so it is nothing too dramatic. We had always said that we could never open a commercial […]

What’s in a Name? Part I

Are you curious yet about what we will be calling ourselves as professional brewers? Well, don’t hold your breath… I promise that this blog will be the first public place that we announce our commercial name, but we aren’t ready to do that just yet. One reason is that our vision and branding MAY be location dependent. […]

Getting Our Hands Dirty

I have gotten some really great feedback recently from readers and people following our journey. The recurring feedback from numerous folks after last week’s post about taking a brewing course was that “school learning” is no substitute for hands-on experience. I could not agree with you more. You guys just didn’t give me a chance to […]

Old Fool in the Old School

I realize that neither Pearce nor I have any formal training as brewmasters. You probably have thought to yourself, “What are these yay-hoos gonna do once presented with large scale commercial brewing equipment?” Well, you are right. We don’t know how to brew on commercial brewing equipment. But we aren’t afraid to learn either. Currently, […]

Room for more breweries?

So one of the most asked questions that we have been asked is, “Is the market saturated in Charleston?” or “Is there enough room for another brewery in Charleston?” We have been working on our business plan very diligently and this question is one that HAS to be answered before we move forward. The research that […]

Award Winning Homebrewers

This past week, we won our first homebrew competition. I had not been super concerned with entering competitions until recently. When we first got started brewing, it was all about having fun and making great beer. I sort of felt like I didn’t need some “certified judge” telling me what might or might not be […]

The Background Story – Part I

[icon name=”beer” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] How We Started Brewing Pearce and I were friends before we started brewing together. We actually met through a mutual friend (this is your shout-out Jason Trotta) in the triathlon community. That’s right, Pearce and I are triathletes. Don’t be so surprised. We have been known to crush that shiz. I […]