Please enjoy this sneak peek at the final episode of Beer Stories Season 1, where Alex & Mischa welcome the Founder of Steersman Brewery, Wayne Su into the studio! They discuss starting a brewery in Vietnam and all of the ups and downs of that fun process! Full episode coming on Monday - cheers!
Welcome to Beer Stories. This is a weekly podcast where we talk about beers. Our guest today is the founder. You tried craft beer for the first time in Vietnam? Went back to Taiwan got some experience brewing with some guys who knew what they were doing. Yeah. Learned from them. And then you figured you were ready to come back to Vietnam and open your own brewery.Wayne Su:
Yeah. Obviously is a mistake. I talked to one of the town new guy, and when I talk to him this idea, he's if you don't do it now, what you waiting for? Wait until you have family and you have more concern. yeah, let's do it. I'll do it now. and he say, if you do it, I'll invest you. But he just disappear and the co hit But luckily, yeah, my parents, support me a lot, mentally and. moneyMischa Smith:
Yeah. Money. Absolutely. Star business money is important, right,Mischa Smith:
I think it's cool. it's a family business, so you really get to make sure that, e everything you're doing is really in line with your vision of making these beers that seems like you have some Taiwanese influence with the, the honey beer.Mischa Smith:
we were being conscious of, how can we appeal more to Vietnamese drinkers and especially young Vietnamese drinkers, like get them on craft beer early. When I say young, I mean of drinking age not too young Absolutely. you recently took out a new, business partner.Wayne Su:
actually I've been looking for a partner for a while, but just couldn't find the correct person. It is people describe it as a marriage, but even harder marriage, you can divorce, but the business partner, if he doesn't wanna leave, is very difficult. Right.Mischa Smith:
I think it's pretty difficult to leave a marriageAlex Violette:
What's more expensive? A six pack of beer or a pair of shoes.Wayne Su:
oh, wow. Wow. That's a good question. Ever since I work for there, I don't buy shoes, revoking any. I know the costAlex Violette:
I remember, um, when we were going to brew our first batches of beer, the, the people we had, set up at their brewery, and they had the, the license, right? So we could be tech certified and all of that. And they were. trying as hard as they could to tell me not to do this. They're like, you're gonna lose all your money like this. This is too small. You need big brewing equipment. Like this isn't gonna work, just to save your money.