Day 1: Taking the Plunge

We’ve been a member of the Brewers Association since 2007 as a “Brewpub-in-Planning.” There have been a lot of highlights over the past 6 years. From winning a World Beer Cup gold medal with 21st Amendment Brewery and being named Best Microbrewery by SF Weekly in 2010 to being named a “Best Hidden Secret of the Bay Area” that same year and being highlighted in the latest video series Brew-Age, it has been a wild ride to say the least.

Since 2010 we’ve had to put our little brewery on the back burner as I focused on my day job at eBay and StubHub. In 2013 however, we’ve seen our focus on beer ramp up once more and I needed to make a decision. So earlier last month I sat down with my wife and discussed the next chapter in the life of our little brewery. With 15+ years of experience in PR, social and marketing – and my 10-year immersion into brewing and the beer community – I want to partner my passion with my strengths in a more formal, full-time capacity.

With the exception of a 3-week period in early 2000, today is my first day out of the Silicon Valley workforce since August 18, 1997.

I’m not sure what the future holds. I know what I want it to be. I’m very passionate about the craft beer movement – particularly its emergence here in the Bay Area – and I want to share that passion with everyone I meet. I’ll be working with other breweries; I’ll be trying to build my own. I’ll be testing out recipes on family and friends and we’ll get back to occasionally opening up the original, homebrew-pub on Elizabeth Street in Noe Valley to do it.

So sit back (or lean in) and watch me take this hobby out of my kitchen and into our community and beyond. I’m going to chronicle it all here as regularly as possible.

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Filed: Beer Industry, Brewing, ESB Background, Operations


Alright! What an exciting new chapter! I’m looking forward to following you along the way.

Posted by: Jeremy Brooks @ 12:53 pm // June 3, 2013

Dude, that’s great news, congrats!

I’ll be following along.

Posted by: drew @ 12:59 pm // June 3, 2013

Love you are on a new adventure! How do we get to sample your beer here in AZ? My hubby is a HUGE fan of craft beer.

Posted by: Maile Weigele @ 1:12 pm // June 3, 2013

Congrats Richard on taking the plunge. Can’t wait to try some of your beers again #goingthroughwithdrawals.

Posted by: DoctorBrew @ 1:52 pm // June 3, 2013

Happy for you Richard! Perhaps it’s time Leslie and I visit — so we can brew together!

Posted by: Shawn @ 2:36 pm // June 3, 2013

It is about time! Congratulations on your great adventure.

Posted by: Lia Kurtin @ 2:56 pm // June 3, 2013

Good luck buddy! Sounds like a bright future! :)

Posted by: jason rosen @ 9:56 pm // June 3, 2013

Many congratulations mate, saw you on FB so looked up your website. Absolutely brilliant. Wishing you the best of luck as you live the dream

Ben(your UK neighbour and crap skateboard partner) :)

Posted by: Ben Woodley @ 4:28 am // June 7, 2013

Just did the same thing. Best of luck to you! Exciting to watch…

Posted by: Chelsea @ 2:22 pm // September 12, 2013

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