My First Step toward my Brew Pub

It’s no big secret that I want to have my own brewpub.  I’ve been dreaming of it for years and have mentioned it at least a dozen times on Simply Beer.  Today I took my first step in that direction; I mailed my application for Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering School at the American Brewers Guild.

I have a road map and timeline in my head of what I want to accomplish.  I’m pretty sure it is not the same for everyone, but there are many things I have to plan for, first and foremost is my family.  So, this first step was not easy for me.  While I still need to be accepted, it has now set in motion what will be a series of events that (I hope) will change my life.  The hardest part about this application was the Essays.  While on the surface they seem to be very straightforward and simply questions, It took me several weeks to actually get all my thoughts into a polished format.  I basically considered this as important, if not more so then my college admission essays I wrote 18 years ago.  This is a big deal for me and I’m not taking anything lightly; this is very important to me.

What’s even better this comes on the eve of my first every commercial brewday.  Tomorrow I’ll be brewing my Sorachi Patersbier at Krogh’s Brewpub in Sparta NJ.

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13 Responses to “My First Step toward my Brew Pub”

  1. Danny Armstrong Says:

    Best wishes, Peter! I just made my first homebrew this weekend. I can’t imagine how awesome it must feel to be ready to make beer professionally!

    I’ve been following your blog for a few months now, and the Brewer’s Guild would be foolish not to accept a passionate brewer such as yourself.

  2. Simply Beer Says:

    Thanks Danny. Congrats on the first batch of homebrew. Welcome to the obsession… err, the club! I’ve been brewing for almost 15 years, It is a constant learning experience. BUt the first time you make something that even tastes halfway decent, you’re hooked! Good Luck, let us know how your brew turns out.

  3. Ray Grace Says:

    Congrats again Peter, I look forward to following your adventure.

  4. Simply Beer Says:

    Thanks Ray! I’m looking forward to your Burnt Toast in Iron Brewer Round 2! I like your idea of a MIld with Kolsch yeast. #RockOn!

  5. Stephen Says:

    Great news Peter! Congrats! Your passion and your family’s love will take you over the threshold.

  6. Jamey Says:

    Congrats, Peter.

    This is a big step, but I know you have the drive and the talent to make it. I look forward to living vicariously through you in your mission to become a pro.

  7. Mike Says:

    I have a good feeling you will be just fine Peter. Live the dream.

  8. Elena Says:

    Your passion for brewing comes across in your postings, best of luck. The best rewards come when you take the risk.

  9. Mike Kivowitz Says:

    You got this !!!

  10. Billy Broas Says:

    Very exciting Peter. Congrats on taking the first step!

  11. Corey Says:

    Good luck Peter! We are all pulling for you and thankful we are able to follow along on the ride.

  12. Simply Beer Says:

    Thanks everyone! I’m super excited. After Brewing up at Krogh’s Brewpub today I’m even more inspired and committed to this!

  13. Scott-TheBrewClub Says:

    Peter, that is GREAT! Looking forward to reading about your experiences and progress toward this great goal! While Krogh’s is a little bit of a trip for me, I hope you mention when it will be on tap.


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