Right after I graduated from college, I got a homebrew kit for my birthday. It didn't take long for me to make the jump from brewing on our kitchen stove to an all-grain setup on a turkey fryer in the garage. As time went on, I continually added to my equipment and increased my knowledge about homebrewing.
In the early 2000s, I noticed that the group of friends that were into homebrewing (as well as myself) were not brewing as frequently as we used to. Moving into a house and starting a family all played into this drop off in brewing. To correct this, I got my core group of homebrewing friends together, and we started a homebrew club named Men Of Beer. The goal of this group was to ensure that we would get together at least 4 times a year to brew, and then everyone would get 5 gallons of beer out of the deal per brew session. It was an easy way to make sure we all had homebrew on tap.
Fast forward another decade and then some, I discovered a brewery in Oconomowoc was up for sale. I thought I would start a brewery when I retired from my day job in Information Technology, but the fact it was a turn-key system already to go was too much to pass up.
So, I hung up my day job and decided to pursue my passion as a career. With 20+ years under my belt as a homebrewer, I figured the time was right to make the change and do this professionally.
I have lived my entire life right here in Southeastern Wisconsin. Grew up in Germantown, graduated from UW-Whitewater and started my career in software development. I worked in the Information Technology field for over 20 years.
While still in college, I began home-brewing. After graduation and early in my professional IT career, I discovered that a co-worker of mine also like to home-brew. He introduced me to a couple of his home-brewing buddies and together we started a club. We named the club the Men Of Beer, MOB for short.
Every year another piece of equipment or another toy was added to my home-brewing setup. After 20 years of brewing as a hobby, it was time to make the transition into brewing professionally. That former co-worker (yes, it is Chad if you haven't figure that out yet) had already jumped into the beer brewing business and needed a partner. Yada-Yada-Yada ... as Mr White would say, "It's time to cook!"