Saucy already has enjoyed remarkable success. With three full time brewers, the operation is on pace to quadruple its initial 1,300 barrel output goal. Just in time for the beginning of the Cleveland Cavaliers season, Saucy has secured a presence at Quicken Loans Arena, and soon, cans will be available in Cleveland-based grocery chain Heinen’s Fine Foods.
Starting a craft brewery, and keeping it growing, focused and well-managed is a challenge Anderson and Zimmerman take seriously. From managing a staff of 25, to maintaining their building and meeting compliance regulations, the partners have a lot to stay on top of. For many of Saucy’s behind-the-scenes financial operations, Zimmerman says he relies on his long-term relationship with KeyBank.
With a solid foundation quickly established, and more than a few aspirational projects in the works, there’s no telling which direction Saucy Brew Works grows from here. Anderson says the key to brewing is to always be thinking ahead. As early as the fall, he starts designing spring and summer brews. One thing he knows for certain: There will be beer. And it will be good.
“We just keep on driving home quality,” says Anderson. “If the beer doesn’t hit the mark, it doesn’t leave the building.”