I recently had the privilege of visiting Roth Brewing for the first time. Roth is a great little nano-brewery just outside of RTP, and they have been open for just over a year now.
It was definitely well-worth the long time it took me to find my way over for a visit. Roth Brewing is located off Hwy 70 in Raleigh near RDU International Airport and less than 2 miles from Lonerider Brewery. In an inconspicuous steel building is where you’ll find the triangle’s newest nano, founded by 4 home brewers who are living their dream.
I joined up with a tour group, where James gave us the low-down on their brewery and brewing process. We then hit the tasting room to have a few pints, where we ended up chatting with Mike for a while about how the brewery got started and how they made the jump from home brewing to commercial brewing.
Their story is like many others. “We started home brewing, people liked our beer and said we should sell it, so we did.” If only it were that easy.
The guys were able to raise enough money (just under $150,000 up-front investment) to put together a 2-barrel nano-brewing system. They have learned to use this system well, brewing 10-12 times every week and spending 6 days at the brewery each week. It is a lot of work, but they seem to enjoy every minute of it.
When I expressed how crazy I thought this was, particularly how much work it had to be, I was quickly assured that it was a labor of love. These guys aren’t brewing to get rich, but rather, they are doing it because they are able support themselves without having “real” jobs.
Roth has been very successful, despite their lack of “real jobs.” Brewing at capacity and looking to expand to a 5 bbl system in the coming months, Roth is the hot new kid on the block that is taking the triangle by storm, with plans to expand distribution down to Wilmington soon.
For all of the home brewers looking for a true inspiration story and proof that it can be done, you should make your way out to Roth Brewing. Not only will you enjoy some excellent beer, but you will get to meet some guys that really enjoy what they do and know how to have fun doing it.