It has been quite some time since I have been inspired to write, My monthly newsletter, “Hopnanigans” has been on hold. My “intention” has been to write a ‘newsy’ update on the going’s on in our brewery but I have found myself unable to live up to this task at present and I think many of you may relate.
Life happens. Yes, I’m sure it sounds “cliche’” in a way, but-it does and sometimes your immediate priorities will change over night. Our number one job in life has been to raise our three kids into wonderful human beings and give them the kickstart they needed to be independant and make a decent living for themselves. I am the proudest mother on the planet! That said, we were in a position to go for our next dream: open up our own brewery, and we did on May 12th, 2017 and had a wonderful one year anniversary on May 12th, 2018!
It takes COURAGE to completely change a course and risk everything for something you love, especially when one is closing in on retirement years. One can live a conservative life and stay in a zone that is comfortable which is totally legit. I admire that because I love the idea of feeling secure. But at what cost? I have always been a firm believer in changing course. Case in point; one of my daughters spent a year in Sweden, learning traditional, therapeutic Swedish Massage. When she got to the states and was hired by a physical therapy practice, she burned out and came to almost hate it. Apologetically, she inquired if we would be disappointed if she switched gears and took courses in becoming a high voltage electrician. Now, I’m not tooting my own horn here but I must say, I was thrilled! Who can say what adventure we take to find our passion? The point is, stay open and it’s never too late!
So, like my oldest daughter, here we are, changing course when most folks would think it is absolutely absurd! I say, get rid of the “should-a, could-a, would-a” and just DO! Like Yoda said, “There is ‘no THINK’, only DO”! Which is what we DID. We are committed.
This first year has been challenging. I mean, anyone who smooth sailed the first year, I would love to talk to you. I mean that most sincerely! I have never met a more loving community as I have found in the brother/sisterhood of craft brewers. We all want to MAKE IT! We all want to be known for our art and yes, like Brewdogs in Scotland says, “BEER IS ART AND ART IS ALSO ART”! We are supportive of our fellow craft brewers. This is not a competition. We all bring something unique to the table, (or tap as it were).
We are learning as we go. How else does one learn? You have to jump in and just go for it and that means being open to making mistakes and I can tell you with certainty, we have, and will make mistakes. I believe that the courage, commitment and camaraderie of our crew is generous enough to allow (and put up with) those mistakes. I believe we are all rooting for each other. A house divided against itself cannot stand and I am so very grateful that we have a very open, encouraging and enlightened group of people working for us. It is important that we all keep growing in whatever capacity we are in and feel comfortable to do so in our workplace. We all need to progress, we all need to feel respected, we all need to be heard and most of all, we all need to matter!!! Our motto is, “It’s all about the beer” but when you own a brewery and taproom, that goes without saying. When it comes down to it though, what is most important is people and connection and beer is the catalyst that brings the two together. Beer, the cheerful beverage, bringing folks together, one pint at a time!!!
In conclusion, this first year has been amazing and a huge part of this success is due to the loyalty, commitment and hard work of our crew. A huge THANK YOU to Jesse, Ashley, Sarah, Tyler and Cathy!!!