Aaron Hyde, owner of New Orleans' only homebrew store, Brewstock, has a dream. A dream that Tom and I definitely share. A dream of creating a brewing cooperative that the entire beer community of New Orleans can participate in and benefit from.
I urge you to take a look at what Aaron is envisioning and perhaps make a donation at his Indigogo fundraising page. I hope that he can raise $55,000 in 12 days, but he needs YOUR help to make it happen!
When Tom and I moved to New Orleans, one of the reasons was that the beer culture here seemed to be poised on the edge of greatness. It has one fantastic beer bar, one amazing brewery, many passionate supporters, restaurants that are improving their beer lists, all that. We wanted to be a part of that. We are still trying to find our way. If money were no object, I'd love to open another beer bar, maybe on the other side of Canal. If we were 20 years younger, then trying to open a brewery or find work at one would be our goal. I've been toying with the idea of making a "craft beer pop up" a viable thing, as well as working with restaurants on their beer lists, beer pairings, and marketing to beer lovers. However, as we are both employed full time, old and feeble, and broke, we haven't had the opportunity to really pursue any of our wild dreams.
That's why, when I woke up this morning and saw Aaron's call to US, to the beer and brewing community of New Orleans, I was ecstatic!
In Aaron's own words:
This will be a creative outlet for the brewing community in New Orleans. For homebrewers wanting to learn commercial brewing techniques, for college students who want to get started in the brewing business (marketing, advertising, legal, etc..) and for all other folks who'd like to dabble in the process. We hope to allow for brewing and business creativity all along the way. As always, community first (but lawyers and accountants close behind.)
I know this brewery will be a centerpiece of the New Orleans community, and look forward to not only sharing the brewery with those interested in beer, but sharing the beer with the world. Food and drink is a major part of life in Louisiana, and as more folks begin to drink craft beer, we think they should be looking for it locally first.Check out his fundraising page, read for yourself, and make an investment in the future of beer and brewing in New Orleans!
I want to build community around the brewery.