This week we meet Peter Howes, the patriarch of the Howes family and Chair of the family-owned Newstead Brewing Company.
Newstead was one of the very early arrivals in the Brisbane good beer scene, and it was the first of those to hit their stride with the food and hospitality side of the business in the city.
While Peter’s son Mark Howes was the face of the brewery and hugely active in the craft beer scene as a prolific collaborator with other breweries, the business has always been described as a family-owned enterprise. An important part of the Newstead story was that the funding for it came from the sale of a very successful workforce analytics and workforce planning business that Peter started in the 1980s.
Over the last 8 years the business has grown, and expanded to a second production brewery, and faced a lot of the challenges that expanding pioneering breweries have also faced. There has recently been some changes in senior staff, and Peter entered the business in a more hands-on role as Mark founded a new brand, Working Title Brew Co.
All in all, it sounded like there was a lot to discuss with Peter, and also a lot to learn about business and how the world of brewing differs from other business sectors Peter has worked in.
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