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Life & Work with Nolan Brown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nolan Brown.

Hi Nolan, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
My brewing experience started in college with Homebrewing. I fell in love with the hobby and after graduating with a BS in Biology and a Minor in Chemistry. I decided that I didn’t want to go to Med School and wanted to brew professionally instead.

I immediately went into the industry and worked my way up from a microbrewery to a regional brewery and finally to a national brand. It was at this point that the opportunity to open my own place presented itself and I moved back to Kansas City to open Transparent Brewing Company.

We of course got unlucky with the timing and ended up opening our doors in August of 2020 right in the middle of the pandemic. We have been incredibly lucky with our customer base and have developed some very loyal customers that have helped us survive through everything.

We are very excited for the future to see where we can go.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Absolutely not. We started planning this project at the beginning of 2017. I moved back to KC in August of 2017 thinking that we would be off to the races and have our doors open within a year. I was very mistaken, and we didn’t start construction until September of 2019. We struggled to find financing and went to 13 banks before the 14th finally said yes.

We thought that would be the hardest part but sure enough, the pandemic started shortly after we started construction. Luckily, it didn’t affect the construction process but once the doors were open, we had to start building a customer base during a time when people were scared to leave their houses.

It has been an interesting time to start a business and has forced us to be very creative with our marketing and events. Not everything has been a success but we have found some things that have worked.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Brewing is easily what I am best at in this business. I am having to learn the business aspect as we progress. We are known for our style of beers here. I focus on beers that are mostly true to style but try to make the beers as balanced as I possibly can and want to make sure that the beer pleases as many palates as possible. We also try to focus on beers that are a little lower in ABV.

It can be tough to balance the body and flavor when you are brewing beers with lower ABV but I think that we execute this very well. We also try to take a different approach to beer in the taproom. We try to spend the time with each customer to understand their palate and put beers in front of them that will match their tastes rather than just taking a stab in the dark.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Transparent Brewing Company has a partnering restaurant in-house, The Chive, Simply Good, that is owned by my mother Michelle Brown. They are serving up farm-to-table offerings and succeed in being 75-95% locally sourced throughout the year.

Contact Info:

  • Email: transparentbrewing@gmail.com
  • Website: transparentbrewingcompany.com
  • Instagram: @transparent_brewing
  • Facebook: Transparent Brewing Company

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