Garrett Marrero, Maui Brewing Co.
Fran Caradonna, O’Fallon Brewery
John Cochran, Terrapin Beer Co.
We will strongly recommend Brewery Finance to any startup or existing brewery or brewpub who is seeking a reliable financial company who is responsive to its customer needs. Brewery Finance promised excellent service and they delivered on that promise in every respect. Rick did an excellent job of setting expectations and goals during the planning phase. This allowed pre-qualification to go smoothly and according to plans. It was especially helpful that he stayed in constant communication with us throughout the process.
It is a pleasure to be associated with the friendly and capable personnel of Brewery Finance. Working with you Rick has been a pleasure. Thank you for your responsiveness and eagerness to please. Feel free to call upon us as a reference for your company. All of us at Triangle Brewing Company look forward to continuing our working relationship.
Rick & Andy, Triangle Brewing Company
- Ink jet printer for date coding our cans and bottles
- 3,000 lb Toyota fork lift
- 2-40 BBL Fermenters
- 1-40 BBL Brite Beer Tank
- 1/2 and 1/6 BBL Kegs
The lease process was simple and professionally managed by Brewery Finance and Rick Wehner. The lease rates were competitive to similar types of funding sources and the funds were dispersed expeditiously to our vendors. I would gladly recommend Brewery Finance to any of my fellow craft brewers and can be reached on my cell at 610-716-3020.
John J. Giannopoulos, Sly Fox Brewing Company
Hear me now, believe me later. If you are an American Craft Brewer and find yourself in need of cooperage or any other type of brewing equipment … howsoever … you need make only a single call to Rick Wehner at Brewery Finance.
As the turnaround consultant for Mr. Ned E. Strauser, the newest owner and head brewer at West Virginia Brewing Company for more than 15 years, Rick Wehner was the “go to” man to solve the cooperage financing needs of Mr. Strauser’s emerging company.
After having saved the business from the previous owner’s imminent foreclosure in early 2006, Mr. Strauser and I embarked on a management buyout of the first brewpub ever established in the small Mid-Atlantic state. One year into the turnaround effort, it was time to expand off-premise distribution and more kegs were needed. We found the kegs easily enough despite the fact that prices had moved upward substantially in a year’s period of time. The trouble was finding a lender that understood the brewing business well enough to quickly fund the acquisition of those kegs.
After peeling through several lenders, it was a rather pride-swallowing event to notify the supplier that we may have to cancel the order. Fortunately for Mr. Strauser, the astute manager of the supplier advised us that we should check with Rick. What a kind woman to have cared so much about Craft Beer to make such a suggestion. To her we owe much.
In record time Rick and his staff processed our application, verified our data and supplied terms and conditions more favorable than any other lender that ever considered us for financing. The deal closed quickly and soon thereafter the kegs arrived; and not much longer after that, the finest Craft Beer in West Virginia was reaching more and more thirsty customers.
Results speak for themselves. Shop around other lenders if you must, but you will not get a more crisp and efficient deal than that which Rick and Brewery Finance can and will deliver.
JW Shepard, N.E. Strauser Brewing co dba West Virginia Brewing Co.
I am writing regarding Brewery Finance and what a pleasure it has been to work with them, and in particular with Rick Wehner. As those in the brewing industry know, when things are hopping, a lot of innovative decisions are made on the fly. Such was the case when we were moving into our new brewery and found ourselves needing to move tanks that were still holding beer—the Plan needed to be altered. I was fortunate enough that our keg supplier had inventory in stock; the problem was that I didn’t have cash in stock.
I called Rick on a Tuesday, and he had 3 financing proposals to me within the next few hours. Although he was going to be out of town the second half of the week, he pulled everything together seamlessly and the kegs were on their way within the week.
Despite the fact that he and I had not worked together before, Rick acknowledged the urgency of my situation with the utmost and professional courtesy, and set my mind at ease. I had the confidence after our first conversation that I could depend on Rick and Brewery Finance. In our business, solutions are often urgent and expensive, and as is par for the course, our expansion was over-budget. Brewery Finance was able to work with me to find a solution that worked for us during our big project, and I can say with all honesty that should we have financing needs in the future; Rick will be the first person I turn to.
David Thibodeau, President, Ska Brewing Co
Omar Ansari, Surly Brewing Company
Rick is an exception to all of that. He finds money, quickly, from someplace. (We don’t ask him too many questions when he shows up with a check.) He worked hard and cat-quick to successfully fund our latest $2.5 million brewery expansion. He finds money as fast as yeast cells find sugar. I highly recommend Rick for a brewery’s financing needs. Give him a try and you’ll be glad you did.”
Dale Katechis, Oskar Blues Brewery
You and Brewery Finance have been a critical part of the Del Norte Brewing Co. team. You have come through with a great financing package every time we needed help. You’ve always been incredibly helpful, friendly and responsive, with great follow-through. I don’t know how we would have made it without you.
Jack Sosebee, Del Norte Brewing Co.
We came to a decision while getting this venture off the ground; do we spend budget on capitol assets needed to start up now, or do we turn that investment into an expense, and save our cash for working capital? We chose the latter, giving us more flexibility and perhaps safety for paths known and unknown. So far, this decision has paid off.
When we started looking for an organization to work with, we approached many “standard” leasing houses. While they did their best to fit our needs, they just didn’t have Rick’s experience in the brewing industry nor did they possess his helpful, focused attitude. He was the best individual to work with and, as we got into the nitty-gritty of the contracts, Brewery Finance was the clear winner, putting customer service first and shopping around to get us the “best deal” possible.
Even through multiple changes to the vendors and assets selected, and all the resulting necessary contract changes, Rick and Brewery Finance were there to guide us and make the entire transaction simple and straight-forward. We appreciate that more than this simple letter can express, and the customer service that Rick provides us continues to this day, long after the contracts have been signed off.
In closing, I’ll simply say that Rick Wehner and Brewery Finance are welcome in our sample room any time.
Jeff Winn, President and Brewmaster
Yakima Craft Brewing Co.
We would definitely recommend you to any other micro-brewery or restaurant. In fact, we already have told another local brewery about your company.
We look forward to working with you again.
Michael Rangel, President
Asheville Brewing Company
I had the pleasure of interacting with Rick on our recent acquisition of a chiller. Our current chiller had unfortunately decided to sputter its last breath, and we were in urgent need of a replacement. Having interacted with Rick even before this incident, my first thought was to reach back out and see the possibility of a lease and inquire about the turn-around time.
From the second we conversed, till the moment the chiller was actually delivered to the warehouse I can without hesitation say that the experience was unequivocally one of the best customer service experiences I have had in such a major purchase.
Rick was on the ball every second, the emails/voice-calls were returned instantly, and all clarifications provided promptly and with great detail.
Rick has the thanks of this LoneRider, and a guarantee of recommendation to whomever I speak in similar matters. I hope to reach out to Rick for any similar need we have.
Thank you for a positive experience.
Sumit Vohra, CEO
LoneRider Brewing Company
It is encouraging that the service and relationships that you would once see in a small mom and pop culture can still exist today in our marketplace. Rick Wehner and Brewery Finance are on example of how to conduct this type of business relationship, providing communication and support at the highest level.
I can understand now why Brewery Finance and it’s team are reputable in the craft brewing industry, and as a local micro-brewery we look forward to working with you again as we expand our operations and move forward.
Peter Daniel, Co-Owner
Concord Brewery dba Rapscallion