An unfortunate departure from the fun of starting up a brewpub, my wife, Tracy, was diagnosed with breast cancer on July 8. Today, August 17, she goes in for surgery. “I’m scared.” Tracy had just crawled into bed and curled up in my arms as she muttered those words. All I could muster to say … More Happy Birthday! You have cancer.
After the first few posts about business, it’s time for a post about beer. I realize a lot of people already know how brewing works, but I’d wager that a huge number of people don’t, so here’s a brief overview of the brewing process. Back in 2008, my wife wrote a blog post about my homebrewing. … More Let’s Talk About Brewing Beer for a Change
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