Nip-N-Tuck Bar & Grill in Long Branch, New Jersey, gave the brewery its first big break in August 2011 when it put Kane's brew on tap. Each year, Kane Brewing Co. celebrates the company's anniversary there.
Another big break came in 2012, when a change in New Jersey law allowed for on-site beer consumption at microbreweries. The new legislation meant Kane could serve customers at the brewery instead of just distributing. He started hosting twice-weekly tastings and tours and hired additional staff to manage the hundreds of locals who turn up for them.
The number of breweries in New Jersey has more than doubled in the past five years, according to the Brewers Association. Today, more than 50 New Jersey breweries produce 80,000 barrels of craft beer each year.
Kane Brewing has been part of that growth, brewing 5,000 barrels in 2015. Kane brews are on draft at 350 bars across the state, and Kane plans to expand into the New York City and Philadelphia markets.
Since CNBC's initial visit to Kane in 2014, the brewery has doubled the size of its production facility and added bottling and canning capabilities. But as production increases, Michael Kane envisions slow, managed growth for his brewery.
"I'm more concerned about making really good interesting beer than getting it out," Kane told CNBC in an email last week.
Kane also shared his top tips for the best brew:
1. Temperature matters ... a lot: "Fermentation is the key to a great beer. Temperature control of fermentation is something beginners overlook."
2. Drink with friends: "The craft beer industry is a collection of great people willing to share information. Talking to professional brewers, visiting breweries or joining a homebrew club are great ways to improve your brewing and learn more about the industry."
3. Keep it clean: "Brewing is mostly cleaning."