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I have been in TV since college. I started there as an noon news anchor and loved begin on camera. My career path took me away from talent and into production but I always loved being in front of the camera. I produced and directed live TV and at one point helped host a late night video show and remembered how much I loved being in front of the camera. Then one day I stumbled across Gary Vaynerchuk doing a show on the web called Wine Library TV.

I thought to myself I could do that! And started Beer Utopia on St. Patrick’s Day 2008 with some help from my friend Eric Britt.

From there we moved to the kitchen of our house and had my wife Heather Collins (www.girlphotog.com) help with shooting. See she has shot for History Channel, A&E and the like so this would be easy.

By episode #3 we had 2 sponsors and a co-host.

Episode #6 we moved out on the deck

That review of Flying Dog got the attention of Neal Stewart(@NealStewart on Twitter) then the marketing director for Flying Dog and we had a real beer sponsor.

Episode 16 and we had a fancy open and graphics thanks to Cliff Brannon (leapoffacliff.com) along with doing live streaming events.

Episode 21 and we were paid to stream live during the Great American Beer Fest (GABF) in Denver, CO. We were internet rock stars.

Just as we were gaining momentum the recession hit and no more sponsors, but we tried to keep going doing live streaming shows. They were fun, but we had a lot of technical difficulties.

beerutopia on livestream.com. Broadcast Live Free

Soon it was too time consuming and with no funds coming in I called an end to the show. In that time off Heather and I were blessed with the birth of our youngest son, James, (BTW we have 5 kids total) now 8 months old. We have tried to keep the Beer Utopia website up and current(thanks to my friend Joel Gardner that writes great posts and is our resident home brewer) while trying to figure out how to make money using web video and beer. I have not figured out a business model that works yet but we will be re launching the show soon for my love of doing it and the love of beer and hopefully the rest will fall in place.

I have recently found Top Gear and have fallen in love with this show. Now my goal is to see if I can make a Beer Show as good as Top Gear (With no budget).


Top Gear Season 12 Episode 3 – full episode

Cheers!

Brant Collins

Admiral of Ales

2 comments

  1. Brandt,

    This is just my first time visiting your blog, and believe when I say it's been adding to my every growing list of beer blogs. 🙂

    Ok, now on to the good stuff though…

    I read through this entire post, watched all the videos, and while I can completely understand and relate to the problems, please don't fully stop. 🙂

    If you've caught the attention of breweries, then you're doing the right thing. If you're catching the attention of others, then you're doing the right thing. If your going out there with a camera and getting “into people's faces” then you're doing the right. I love the direction you were heading in and you did say that you were trying to pick things back up again. I very strongly believe that getting the money to come to you is actually the easiest part of the whole equation. The hardest part is building the brand. Build the brand, build it upon your passion and what you love to do, what you love to drink (BEER! 🙂 ) and you'll see how the well the business model unfolds.

    But don't every stop man! If I'm new to your blog, and I'm loving it and believe it give back to the craft beer community, then I'm sure many others do and will too.

    Keep it up!

    Ilya

  2. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement. It meas a lot to me 🙂 We are starting back and we will keep moving forward. Cheers!!

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