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The world of craft brewing is highly competitive.
How do you ensure that your business is sustainable and profitable for the long term?


RGS Advisors helps craft brewers with the
finance side of the brewing business.

With over 20 years of real-world experience in beverage manufacturing, we understand the inner workings of the brewing world—from the internal processes, to the price points, to the impact on the business. Whether you’re a startup or an established brewer, we help you make strategic, data-driven business decisions to become a self-sustaining business that is both fiscally healthy and happy for the long-term.

Strategic planning

Financial forecasting and projections

Budget, cash, and debt management

Mergers and acquisitions

Viable and sustainable business growth

Team management and employee engagement

Goal setting and progress tracking


We work with leaders on the brink of big business decisions, such as preparing for growth, being acquired by a larger organization, or building a three year strategy. 

Some of the most common problems we help with are...

What’s the true cost of my business?

How is my business performing based on margin?

How do we prepare for the seasonal ebbs and flows of business?

How do we build and manage our business’ budget in an efficient way?


“Rich provided much needed brewing industry experience and knowledge during our startup phases and continues to be a valuable resource as our business grows. His feedback on our business plan helped steer us down the right path and set a solid financial foundation. His presence as an experienced industry advisor also played a large role in helping land investment during startup. I highly recommend his services to any brewery seeking advisement”

— Patrick Clark —

Co-Founder of Zilker Brewing Company

Principal of RGS Advisors Rich Shawen has been dabbling in the world of brewing for the last 20 years.

Most recently, Rich had a 12-year tenure at Widmer Brothers Brewing Company where he assisted in creating financial reporting capabilities and provided the map to pursue new opportunities from new products to mergers and acquisitions. In his time with Widmer, he helped guide the company through the partnership and eventual purchase of Kona Brewing and a merger with Redhook Ale Brewery. In addition to his work with Widmer, Rich currently sits on the advisory board at Hopworks Urban Brewery, providing insight, guidance and asking the relevant questions to assist with the company’s decision making and direction.


Let’s collaborate in creating your business’ success.

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