So, Rockhound has been open for over a year now and, wow, has it been a whirlwind. We’ve had periods of time where we can’t pour beer and serve food fast enough, and times when we wished we’d had a few more customers. But that’s the beer and restaurant biz and that’s how it rolls. … More Time for a Patio
Our hearts are saddened this week at Rockhound. Jim Bedner, the foreman on site for all of the HVAC work going into the brewpub, passed away unexpectedly over the weekend. He was an easy going guy who has been leading a great team. Our thoughts are with his family, including his extended family at … More A Sad Week at the Rockhound Worksite
On November 4th, 2014, I put an announcement on social media that I was giving away free beer. And, wow, did a lot of people want to take me up on that offer. I guess that’s what I wanted. A good friend of mine called it “liquid promotion.” I offered up test batch tasting of … More Liquid Promotion
Shortly before leaving my former employer, American Family Insurance, I wrote a blog post for the internal employee facing blog about chasing dreams. When it was published, it became, I believe, the third most popular post in the history of the internal blog. What follows is a slightly modified version. We all have dreams in … More Trading a Blackberry for a Brew Kettle
But wait, Nate. I thought the brewpub wasn’t open yet. Did I miss something? No you definitely didn’t miss anything. Last week, on July 2, was the first anniversary of my self employment. On the afternoon of July 1, 2014, I clicked the “exit” button and walked out the revolving security doors at American Family … More Happy First Anniversary!
On June 16th, I posted this picture online. Here’s the story behind it. Lights, camera, action brewing! In my own house and the only person on camera is me. For more than seven hours, three documentary producers (Natalie, Eddy, and Chris) taped a mic to my chest (all “wearing a wire” style and everything) and followed me around … More A Crazy Day of Filming and Brewing
I’ve never been able to grow a beard. I’ve made a few halfhearted attempts in my life, to be sure, but have always bailed before it came to any half decent length. I suppose that’s because it just doesn’t work on me. I go hunting or fishing or on a long camping trip, let it … More The Beardless Brewer