Barebottle Brewing Co., owned by Lester Koga, Mike Seitz, and Benjamin Sterling, is a craft brewery and taproom in San Francisco. Lester and Mike started brewing together in 2008 while working corporate jobs. However, they decided to quit their jobs and pursue their passion of brewing beer. The business grew substantially in the first year, and they really made sure to understand the market that they were getting into.
The loan also helped us have extra cash as we opened. Having money to spend allows you to invest in growth. We hired employees and now we’re seeing our sales increase to more than $200,000 in revenue per month,” reflects Lester. “It was great to work with Darius. He worked as a partner with us. He was enthusiastic and it felt like he took a lot of ownership in helping us get the loan. Darius wanted us to succeed as much as we did. We see him periodically and want to support him by sharing our experience. If you need money for your business, you want to work with Darius,” says Mike.
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