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The Brew Hauler Story

Tom with Brew Hauler in Action

The original Brew Hauler was conceived in the creative mind of pharmacist & longtime homebrewer, Tom Raich – while he slept.

One night back in 1995, Tom dreamt of a better (and safer) way to carry his five-gallon carboys, which he had previously struggled to move around his home. Jostling your homebrew contents is bad. Dropping and breaking your carboy is – well – worse.

Tom woke up the next morning, went to a sporting goods store, and bought some webbing and buckles.

He crafted a carrier that wraps underneath and around the carboy, and has two all-important handles. The harnesses started simply as a hobby, but shortly thereafter, Bell's Brewery Inc. became his first retailer, carrying them at its Eccentric Cafe general store in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan. The store still sells them.

In 1999, Tom patented the Brew Hauler. Initially, he only expected to sell a few thousand Brew Haulers. Now, they are sold in virtually every U.S. state, including Hawaii and Alaska. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) estimates there are between 500,000 and 750,000 homebrewers in the U.S. alone. Thanks to the popularity surge of craft beer and homebrewing, sales are increasing rapidly. In 2013, Brew Hauler sales exceeded 10,000 units.

Tom runs the company with the help of his wife, Beth and son, Jake. Financially, the Brew Hauler sales have certainly helped. The family plans their vacation destinations around popular homebrewing markets – such as Anchorage, Alaska, and the East Coast – where they pitch their invention. They also donate some of their profits to charities.

"It's made our travel a lot easier," says Tom.

Carboys everywhere concur.

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