With a heavy heart, Wellspent Brewing Company is closed indefinitely, effective immediately.We are always hungry for tips and feedback. Email the author at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We couldn’t be prouder of our little brewery, and I couldn’t be more thankful for our customers and crew. We made great beer, built a great team, and welcomed so many folks from St. Louis and beyond. We’ve met so many wonderful people in the brewing community that we now call friends. We watched a hardworking volunteer grow into a capable, talented brewer. We hosted a newlywed couple and their families on the night of their wedding. We put so much effort into this place over the last two years, and every bit of it was well spent.
Unfortunately, our business cannot support the amount of debt we took on to get started. We had a vision for Wellspent and a commitment to quality in both beer and experience. To realize that vision and maintain that commitment, we needed a LOT more money than we had. We didn’t want to take on private investment for fear of diluting that vision and commitment. We hoped we could sustain long enough to reach a break-even point. We did all we could after starting way too fast, and it wasn’t enough.
The failure of this business lies squarely on my shoulders. I’m so sorry to our customers, our vendors, and everyone who has believed in us, recommended us, or just hoped we’d be there for them in the future. Though it ended too early, the support we received from St. Louis, our brewing colleagues, and our friends and families will always be one of my greatest achievements.
I love making beer. I don’t want to do anything else. We have a lot to sort out, but my next (professional) chapter will be making beer. Always learning. Always growing. Always striving to be a better brewer.
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