Our Services

We’ll guide you through every step of your new craft beverage endeavor.



In-depth insight into the practical needs of starting a cidery or craft beverage company.

  • Business Plan Development

  • Financial Forecasting

  • Compliance & Tax Reporting

  • Brand Development & Positioning

  • Navigating Distribution



Building out your space the right way.

  • Facility Planning, Design, & Buildout

  • Equipment Sourcing—Used & New

  • Custom Tank Design



Education, troubleshooting and expertise on creating quality product.

  • Recipe Development & Ingredient Sourcing

  • Standard Operating Procedures

  • Fermentation Troubleshooting

  • Cidermaker Training


Awesome right? Let’s talk about how we can work together to set you up for success.


Who We Are

Brown Hat was founded in 2019 by Brent Miles to provide an expert consulting resource for the cider industry.

Miles was the original Head Cidermaker at Seattle Cider Company, where he wrote the business plan, developed their lineup of innovative and award-winning ciders, managed their cider production from inception in 2013 to 20,000 barrels in 2016. 

In 2017 Miles became Head Cidermaker at Sly Clyde Ciderworks in Hampton, VA. He built their cidery from the ground up: developing and producing all ciders, planning production and tap room buildout, and directing the graphic designer on all brand development and packaging.

His ciders have won gold medals at multiple competitions, and he has been a lecturer at the Oregon State University Craft Cider Startup Workshop and a presenter at CiderCon.

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Stories tell it best. Read about the adventures we’ve been on and the successes we’ve encountered along our journey in the craft beverage industry.


Let’s Do Something Great Together

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