Customer Spotlight: HenHouse Brewing Company

Customer Spotlight: HenHouse Brewing Company


I started brewing 21 years ago back when craft
brewing was starting to take off. Fermenting and making different artisanal products for
quite a long time. HenHouse Brewing is a collection of three individuals, and we started brewing,
oh, about seven years ago. We were brewing on a rather nice R&D system – all stainless
steel, all sanitary, all grain from the get go – and we’ve decided to make a business
out of it. We’re currently undergoing a major expansion
due to the funding of Live Oak Bank. We’ve secured an SBA from those angels. We’re expanding
into a 30-barrel brew house. We’re installing enough tanks to take us to 6,000 barrels a
year right now, but the space we’re moving into and the space that we’ve secured will
be our home for quite many years, if not our permanent production facility. We’re going
to be able to get our original three-barrel system back online, and we’re going to be
able to start doing real fun R&D beers again and populate the tasting room with all kinds
of wild experimentations. My experience working with Live Oak Bank has
being phenomenal. Every other bank that we talked to before wanted to see some other
type of asset tied up, or they would only loan on our current sales. From day one, I
felt that the people that I worked with at Live Oak Bank were striving to understand
the industry and actively engaging in the industry which gave me a level of confidence,
because I feel that they were taking it seriously. They believed in our plan, but they also believed
in us. They saw the vision that we were implementing, and I felt that they were willing to take
a risk on us as a group, our plan, and the people who were running it, and the way that
we were able to upload this myriad of documents that are required for the SBA loan process,
they made it easier, because it get confusing. That backup, that digital brain, that platform
that Live Oak works with was something that I really felt was a quite a benefit. And then
anytime there was a glitch in the machine, I was able to deal with people. I was able
to pick up the phone and call and have explanations made, so 100% I would recommend Live Oak to
other breweries. I really feel that Live Oak Bank was able to see our vision, see our growth
plan, and see our ability to implement it, and they became our partners, and it’s been
great.

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