Brewing Success

Brewing Success

A Guide To Insuring Your Brewery

by Shane Hodge & AJ Simcox

Brewing beer is more than just a craft; it’s a labor of love, a culmination of years of passion and dedication. Whether you’re a seasoned brewmaster or just starting your brewery dream, it’s crucial to protect your investment and passion with the right insurance coverage. In this blog, we’ll explore the world of brewery insurance, understanding its importance, and the specific types of coverage your brewery may need.

Why Brewery Insurance Matters And Types Of Coverage

Running a brewery involves a unique set of risks that require specialized insurance coverage. Here are some types of coverage and reasons why insurance for your brewery is essential:

  • Property Protection: Your brewery is home to valuable equipment, ingredients, and finished products. Commercial Property Insurance can protect your brewery’s physical assets, including the building, brewing equipment, fermenters, and kegs, from perils like fire, theft, vandalism or natural disasters.
  • Liability Coverage: Breweries often host events, tours, and tastings, making them susceptible to potential liability claims. General Liability insurance can help cover costs related to bodily injury or property damage.  Products and Completed Operations coverage would protect you from claims related to the consumption of your beer, such as illness or injury caused by contaminated or defective products and can help cover the costs associated with product recalls, including notification, shipping, and replacement.
  • Equipment Breakdown: Brewing equipment is expensive and essential for your operation. Equipment Breakdown coverage can be included in your Property policy to help cover the cost of repairing or replacing equipment in the event of a breakdown.
  • Business Interruption Coverage: This coverage provides financial assistance when your brewery experiences a temporary shutdown due to covered perils, ensuring you can continue to cover operating expenses during downtime.
  • Workers’ Compensation: Breweries employ a variety of skilled workers who may face risks on the job. Workers’ compensation insurance can provide financial support to employees who suffer job-related injuries.
  • Brewer’s Bond: If you plan to brew for commercial distribution, you may need a brewer’s bond to comply with federal regulations. This bond guarantees payment of taxes to the government.
  • Commercial Auto Insurance: If your brewery owns vehicles for product delivery or other business purposes, commercial auto insurance is essential to protect against accidents and liabilities on the road.

Choosing the Right Coverage

Selecting the appropriate insurance coverage for your brewery requires careful consideration of your unique risks and needs. Here are some steps to help you get started:

  • Assess Your Risks: Identify the specific risks your brewery faces, from property damage to product recalls, and prioritize them based on potential impact.
  • Contact One Of Our Agents: At Shafer Insurance Agency, we will consult with you, giving our experience specializing in brewery insurance. We can help tailor coverage to your needs and budget.
  • Review Policy Options: Compare different insurance policies and providers to find the right balance between coverage and cost.
  • Customize Coverage: Customize your insurance policies to include endorsements or riders that address your brewery’s specific risks.
  • Continuously Evaluate: As your brewery grows and evolves, we will happily routinely review and update your insurance coverage to ensure it remains adequate.

Insuring your brewery is not just a legal requirement; it’s a critical aspect of protecting your passion and investment. The brewing industry presents unique challenges and opportunities, and the right insurance coverage can make all the difference in ensuring your brewery’s long-term success. By understanding your risks and working with knowledgeable insurance professionals, you can confidently brew your way to a prosperous future.