April 26, 2017
FMD Architects Inc. had a fantastic show at the annual Craft Brewers Conference and Brew Expo America in Washington, D.C. this April. While there, we met and spoke with hundreds of breweries, breweries in planning, a great group of exhibitors within the industry, and visited several unique breweries in the D.C. area. We also had a great time featuring our live 3D virtual reality walk through of Studio Brew. It was entertaining for those walking by to watch attendees try on the goggles for the first time and navigate through one of our brewery projects. For those that missed us at the show, check out some of the reactions here and at our Facebook page.
Aside from the 3D walk through, we also engaged in many meaningful conversations regarding the industry and where it’s heading. One of the reoccurring subjects we spoke with brewers about this year was the need for expansion and sustainable growth of their facility. Master planning has been a hot topic for 2017 and FMD Architects along with our industry partners will be speaking on this and other expansion strategies in an upcoming webinar. We always encourage startups and expansion projects alike to “begin with the end in mind.” We promote breweries to develop a visual plan of the building and land that will allow you to see where you are now, where you want to be, and the critical goals and milestones to get you there.
For those that are ready to grow now, Mark Moore, Principal, and Brian Grafton, Brewery and Winery Studio Manager, have been collaborating with dozens of brewery, winery, and restaurant projects over the last several years, and would love to share their experience and knowledge with you and your team. Feel free to reach out them directly at MMoore@FMDarchitects.com and BGrafton@FMDarchitects.com or contact us through our website.