Craft Brewer, Entrepreneur and Jester King Brewery Founder Jeff Stuffings didn’t start his professional career as a brewer. Jeff began his career as an Attorney in the public defender’s office in Massachusetts.
He moved to Texas and joined a law firm but in his words, “sold out”. His time at the law firm was short lived and after two years he quit. He had been home brewing since law school and it was time to get out of the buttoned up corporate world to follow his passion on brewing beer but on a bigger scale.
2 years after he joined the law firm, he quit and was on his own networking with potential investors to start his company. What he had behind him was a stack of student loans and a brewery out of his garage but he kept after it and eventually made the right connections to build Jester King just outside of Austin, TX.
Jeff’s fund raising strategy? “I never asked for money”
I catch up to him 7 years after his ripcord out of law and into the craft brewery world.
In this episode we cover…
- Cold calling investors and asking for help.
- His strategy around raising money in the middle of the US recession.
- Navigating the brewing laws in Texas.
- The perfect timing of meeting the right person at the right time.
- The biggest change that moved the brewery from break-even to profitable.
- What it means to build a ‘farmhouse brewery’.
- The challenges and complexities of being a better Business Manager.
- Building a self sufficient and sustainable company utilizing the land around the brewery.
- The Jester King mission to brew different beer that doesn’t fit into any craft beer category.