My new job is going great! Super busy so I’ve been neglecting the blog, the webseries, the gaming podcast I do…I’m basically putting all my effort into work, starting a brewery and keeping the Mrs. happy…or at least not upset with me.
We’ve narrowed down the city we will be in (we think) and are looking at two locations. One is an old creamery building that has refrigeration and a loading dock built in so that saves some work up front. The other is on a cliff side overlooking the river. Still haven’t finished the business plan but believe it or not the location is going to dictate a lot of the business plan.
We are going to start interviewing brewers next weekend.
This Saturday at 8am I will have spent 29 years on this planet. Most of my life I’ve never been overly confident…in fact I’ve done almost everything I can to fly under the radar and go unnoticed until I wanted to make myself known. Saying I was content acting average, even though I’ve known I was above that is an understatement.
I can say this was true my entire academic career… I coasted instead of pushing myself (my senior thesis aside). I tried to do just enough in my first job to get praise but never be called upon to do more. In these very specific ways I’ve allowed myself to just kind of exist doing two things I’ve done my entire life even though I’ve always wanted more.
People say “life changes”…I’m not so sure it does but people do. I suppose this grand shift started with the formation of Portland Loves Pints and creating a podcast and webseries dedicated to a topic I was passionate about. Getting to create good work I could be proud of for no other reason than a selfish want/need to create. This has led to my work with Gilgamesh Brewing and last year I realized how professionally unhappy I was… when people say their job was killing them…I get it.
Flying under the radar had become underachieving which became depressing. I started applying for graphic design jobs… anything… everything… for three months I had ben interviewing. Aveda, Dosha Salon, Metal Toad, Peacehealth and nothing was the right fit. These interviews gave me hope…people saw something in my that I hadn’t seen in myself for a long time.
I’m embarking on what is most likely going to be a rebranding of a multimillion dollar company within weeks of being there while simultaneously opening a brewery with a collective of individuals looking to do something special. It’s interesting to see a 180 degree turn in my life, to feel it, to know the my abilities and ambition are finally aligned.
29 years to be the me I could envision as a child isn’t bad.
For years, smaller craft brewers have donated – or sold on the cheap – their spent grain to farmers to feed cows and other livestock. Rather than sending it to landfills, the handshake transaction between brewers and farmers has been lauded as mutually beneficial by many industry watchers and advocates.
This is such utter bullshit. It’s another example of bureaucracy trying to nickel and dime independent business owners.
And on that note…I’m not sure how long Portland Loves Pints is going to exist as it does… between starting a new job, doing the graphic design for a brewery…and…(drumroll)…STARTING MY OWN BREWERY! I feel like my time might be a little crunched…
The world is spinning but we’re keeping it together. Thoughts on Sony’s new VR headset, headlines and what we’ve been playing. Spoiler alert, we’re talkin’ about Titanfall and Metal Gear solid V
This genuinely might be one of the best podcasts we have ever done but it’s a beast a two hours. We also drank a lot… in fact way way too much.
It’s Friday…Reblog if you are planning to Booze & Game!
by Beers of Play
Ugh…did last night to celebrate my last day at my current job. I haven’t been hungover in years…now I feel like I’m dying.
Brutal…I mean it’s not a choke at the point…but super effective.
My back is in a state where I might never be able to grapple again but god do I miss it and the serenity after a hard roll with friends.
A superintendent says a Michigan teacher gave non-alcoholic beer to a classroom of fifth graders as part of …
I honestly don’t see anything wrong with this if they weren’t forced and given the option to abstain. It was being introduced from a historical perspective not as a casual relaxing drug.
In the latest trademark dust-up in beer, Longmont-based Left Hand Brewing has filed for a mark for “Nitro,” drawing Anheuser-Busch’s attention.
Ugh… this whole trademarking of common terms is so lame.
"Ten years ago, the “all local” pint was impossible. Now, interest in local sourcing is creeping into everything we eat and drink.
I really hope the trend continues as it has. In Oregon we have seen Rogue start their own Grow Your Own series of beers producing their own hops and floor vatted malts. Oregon State University started a malting program. Breweries are able to start producing beers using locally sourced ingredients for their seasonals and one offs so I’m hoping a move to all locally grown ingredients could happen sooner than later.
David has become a master of petty theft and dreams of a day when our favorite(?) video game thief gets a case of the jingle jangles whilst sneaking about! Nick on the other hand is just happy South Park is the greatest use of licensing since…hell, I don’t know. Titanfall. Just. Because.
Here is your twice weekly goodness I forget to put up most days. Not as well planned as usual but we both have new jobs so we have just been playing it “fast and loose” as my idol Archer would say…although the alcohol quota has been where it needs to be for these podcasts.
If you haven’t played South Park: Stick of Truth…you are missing out, it was super funny, just as/if not more outlandish than the show and had combat that never really got old because you had to actively participate.
1859 caught up Charlie Devereux — the president of the Oregon Brewers Guild and a former co-owner of Double Mountain Brewery in Hood River.
Another great read from 1859, the most recent was a feature on women brewing in Oregon.
Hop plants have problems with downy mildew, a fungus that attacks plants primarily in April and May, says Shaun Townsend, the hops breeder for Oregon State University. Though wet, foggy weather encourages downy mildew, pruning helps keep the fungus at bay.
For you hops heads that are also gardeners. You might want to check this out.