*Information related to startup costs can be found in item 7 of our Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD)
** Financing available for qualified franchisees
A minimum net worth of $100,000 with at least $25,000 in liquid assets.
When you’re ready to launch your City Brew Tours franchise, we’ll assist you every step of the way. Our 7-part process is simple and efficient — so you can get down to brew touring as soon as possible!
Your team is one of the most important factors when it comes to business success. Our experienced City Brew Tours franchise team is ready to support you on your business journey.
Chad Brodsky – President/Founder Chad has been running and operating a brewery tour businesses since he was legally allowed to drink. Chad founded Burlington Brew Tours (now known as City Brew Tours), which he launched in the Summer of 2008 to multinational operations that offer tours in 12 cities and more in planning. Chad has always been an entrepreneur. As a child, he started businesses that ranged from convincing his peers to buy other people’s business cards to shoveling his neighbors’ driveways. After graduating, Chad took a job as the Lead Financial Analyst at a local bank but realized his entrepreneurial spirit was stifled. In 2012, Chad decided to leave his finance job and move to Boston to focus on growing City Brew Tours full time. Chad is also a Certified Cicerone®
Favorite Beers: Duchess de Bourgogne, Samuel Adams Boston Lager, Lost Nation Brewing – Gose, and any delicious Lactose IPA.
Isaac Bell – Business Development Manager Isaac manages new city development and franchise onboarding and training. Whether you need help opening your city or sharpening your beer knowledge, Isaac is your man. Isaac comes from the Non-Profit world. Prior to joining City Brew Tours, Isaac was the Director of Operations for Carpenter’s Shelter located in Alexandria, Virginia. Isaac started running tours as a part-time guide back in 2016 and knows everything there is to know about getting a new city off the ground. Isaac is avid homebrewer, coral enthusiast, and aspiring pitmaster.
Favorite Beers: Hellbender – Double Chazzwazzer, Green Man Brewery – Trickster IPA, Oliver Brewing Company – Burn the Candle & Creator/Destroyer.
Todd Summers – Franchise Sales Manager Todd manages franchise sales and private tour sales. Before becoming a Sales Manager at City Brew Tours, Todd was a Sales Coordinator who has single-handedly planned and organized 1000s of private brewery tours for groups from 3-300 guests. Todd’s favorite joke about his current job is that after getting his Master’s in clinical psychology he found a different cure for what ales you. A native Chicagoan, Todd calls Vermont home where he can be found skiing, golfing, and waiting in line to buy beer with his wife and dogs Olive and Earl.
Favorite Beers: Fiddlehead – IPA, Foley Brothers – Pieces of Eight, Foam Brewers – Retrovertigo
Matt LaRosa – Sales & Development Specialist Matt acts as a consultant and account manager for all of our franchises. He provides valuable insight on best practices and as your go-to for any business-related questions. He joined the CBT team in 2020 after working as an Account Representative for a beer distributor in Massachusetts where he developed a passion for building relationships around a shared love of beer! In his spare time, you’ll find him tearing up the ski slopes, paddling on the closest body of water, or on the hunt for new beers and breweries wherever he travels.
Favorite Beers: Foam – Experimental Jet Set, Allagash – White, Founders – Breakfast Stout
Julie Walker –Chief Experience Officer Julie manages corporate tour operations and assists franchisees with ensuring they curate unforgettable experiences. Prior to joining City Brew Tours, Julie spent close to a decade as a nonprofit Program Director for a service year program that focused on immigrant and refugee support in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Julie has been a homebrewer for 12 years, has run tours in three corporate cities, and is a Certified Beer Server through the Cicerone® program. She is also an active member of the Pink Boots Society, an organization that assists, inspires, and encourages women and/or non-binary individuals in the fermented and alcoholic beverage profession through education.
Favorite Beers: Ommegang – Hennepin Saison, Heavy Seas – Winter Storm ESB, 21st Amendment – Blood Orange IPA
Brian Hatheway – Chief Personnel Officer Brian manages Personnel with City Brew Tours and Unboxed Enterprises. Brian takes an employee first approach to strategy planning while also proactively mitigating legal exposure to the business and maintaining compliance. Since starting with City Brew Tours Pittsburgh as a Beer Guide in 2018 Brian has helped launch our South Jersey franchise before moving into his current role. Brian’s previous experience included 10 years in the restaurant industry with a focus on back-of-house employee development and training.
Favorite Beers: Cantillon – Gueuze, Brew Gentlemen – General Braddock, Fair State – Pils
As a City Brew Tours® franchisee, you’ll have access to the operational support, best practices, marketing strategies, industry-leading processes, tools, and custom solutions. We will help you launch your business, highlight your local area as a craft beer destination and help you develop revenue by teaching people about the wonderful world of craft beer!
Recognized as one of Inc Magazine’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies three years in a row. Our tours have been named a must-do activity by numerous news outlets and publications throughout the world. With thousands of 5-star reviews, we are the recipient of Trip Advisors’ Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame Award seven years and running.
*City Brew Tours is an SBA approved franchisor.
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