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PODCAST: The Business of Beer




Nestled comfortably among the corn and soybean fields, the rivers, the small-town main streets and the downtown insurance industry skyscrapers, those who go seeking across Iowa can find one of the 94 craft breweries recorded across the state by the Brewers Association in 2018. Craft beer brought an estimated economic impact of $861 million in 2017, a number that seems likely to grow as more breweries are opened across Iowa.

The Business Record sat down with five expert panelists at the Iowa Taproom — Jeff Bruning, partner at Full Court Press; Mackenzie Nading, executive director at the Iowa Wholesale Beer Distributors Association; J. Wilson, minister of Iowa beer at the Iowa Brewers Guild; John Martin, co-founder and head brewer at Confluence Brewing Co.; and R.J. Tursi, founder and CEO at Exile Brewing Co. — to dive deeply into the business behind brewing and distributing.

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