Boy oh boy! Where to start? I haven’t posted on here in far too long! Not because I haven’t been involved in craft beer but simply because of a lack of time and several more personal things I won’t bore you with.
It seems fitting that I am writing this post today as this day marks the 17th anniversary of my stay in this country I now call home (and posting it a couple days later). A home is where you live through ups and downs but always find a way someway somehow. So…
I’ve been busy! Who hasn’t? I know it’s no excuse, but sometimes it’s ok to take a break. Since the last time I wrote on here, I left my job as Director of Operations at a wholesale bakery in the Denver Metro and became Taproom Manager at Mother Tucker Brewery in Louisville, CO.
I won’t lie… The pay is a bit (a lot) different, BUT I get to be around my passion every day! Frankly, it’s a small price to pay! Which brings me to my next point… How many of us truly get to say that they are happy to go to work every day? How many of us can truly live by the famous Mark Twain quote: “Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life”? Yeah, not enough of us!
I’m not teaching you anything, but I thought I’d throw this out there in case someone may be hesitant to take the plunge.
So what’s in store for the future? For the first time, I don’t have a plan. I want to continue to grow in the space and soak in all the information that comes my way. I want to take it day by day and truly try to stop and smell the roses so to speak. I have constantly found myself looking at the next step instead of enjoying the present. I think our society is somewhat wired that way. Even if I may end up doing that again at some point, I am happy to say that I need a break from it and am going to take it for as long as I feel is necessary.
That doesn’t mean I don’t have projects in store. I am currently working on developing a platform that will include the Colorado craft beer community. Lots of things to think about and iron out. I’m taking my time to do things the right way. Oh and I’m also not revealing what it is because I have been burned too many times in the past. Ha!
AND I also fully intend on posting on here more about the industry/community as a whole and utilizing my LinkedIn profile and the LinkedIn website page to do so. Beer is not something I was ever comfortable sharing on LinkedIn because I thought it would make me look less professional. Craft beer is my profession. And I’m proud! After all, the craft beer industry contributed $76.3 Billion to the US economy in 2021 and employed nearly 500,000 people! Yeah, it looks to me it is a viable profession that I can truly be proud of! I am fortunate to live in the State of Craft Beer for the time being. There is no reason to not take advantage of that and live my passion! Check this out: Colorado has over 8 craft breweries for every 100K people, which makes the it the state with the most breweries per capita of any state. I’m definitely in the right place!
So if you guys feel like paying a visit to yours truly, I’ll be waiting for you at Mother Tucker Brewery at our Louisville, CO location!