Husband-and-Wife SHU Graduates Grow Cotton Brewing Co. Into Successful Business Venture
Brett and Krista (First) Cotton have something brewing in Adrian.
The married double Siena Heights University graduates started brewing beer more than five years ago as a hobby. Using their own money – and their Siena Heights degrees—they decided to make it into a business in 2012. And business is booming. Using fairs and craft beer festivals as both a proof-of-concept and a built-in test market, Cotton Brewing Co. is on its way to becoming a full-time venture for the husband-and-wife team.
“We were just trying to be able to sell the beer,” said Krista of the original reason they started the business. “We never intended it to take off and have the demand that we did. It just keeps rolling.”
Brett said he originally got the idea of brewing beer while working in a corporate setting in Washington, D.C.
“Beer brewing was really big out there,” Brett said. “A bunch of friends would go hit up these different breweries every week.”
When his job in D.C. ended, he returned to Michigan and decided to buy a home brewing kit.