On today’s episode, we’re talking with Zac Triemert, president and master distiller of Brickway Brewery & Distillery. Find out how he became one part mad scientist, one part entrepreneur.

 

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Down To Business:

On today’s episode of Just Biz, Omaha Style we’re talking with Zac Triemert, president and master distiller of Brickway Brewery & Distillery. A self-described mad scientist and entrepreneur, Zac is the brains behind the Brickway brand. He strategizes Brickway’s unique product chemistry and distinct culture.

Brickway Brewery opened Dec. 13, 2013 in Omaha’s historic Old Market district and started out brewing a few staple beers, a pilsner, Hefeweizen, India pale lager and oatmeal stout.

Being whisky lovers, the company’s focus expanded to distilling their own whisky. Since it takes at least two years to mature whisky, they broadened their craft to include Libertas Rum, Brickway Vodka and Brickway Gin.

After two years, they were finally ready to introduce their Brickway Single Malt Whisky. It has since won three international gold medals, a silver and a bronze. Brickway now produces more than 30 beers and 10 different spirits in a year.

Listen to the full podcast to hear Zac talk about:

  • Why he opened a brewery and distillery
  • Why money is the biggest business challenge
  • How he manages employees and works on the business
  • How he builds well-balanced beers and spirits
  • How he has introduced bills in the legislature
  • His favorite beer

Listen to the full podcast in the audio player above or the timestamps below to jump to a specific section.

Key Topics:

2:03 – More than a brewery

3:03 – Why open a brewery and distillery?

5:50 – Biggest business challenge

8:44 – Managing employees and working on the business

15:20 – How Covid has impacted his business

21:17 – What makes his business unique

23:02 – From beer to whisky

24:31 – Bills in the legislature

28:17 – Expansion plans

28:54 – His favorite beer

30:35 – How to contact Brickway Brewery

 

Invaluable Insights:

“Here at Brickway, our slogan is ‘Celebrate, commiserate, commemorate.” – Zac Triemert

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