Five years ago, we had only dreamed that we would be professional brewers. We had been home brewing for years, but opening an actual brewery was always something that was in the distant future, if it ever happened at all. But after a particularly successful festival, we had the crazy idea that we could get a commercial brewery going. After years of drumming up cash, writing (and constantly refining) our business plan, poring through real estate listings, and giving away beer, we finally did it- we opened up Milkman Brewing to the public. But that adventure is coming to a close for us.
At the end of April, we will be shutting down operations and going our separate ways. We’ve already brewed our last batch of beer, and plan to continue operations until we sell off the last drop. That seems likely to happen in the next couple of weeks. Please keep an eye on our website, Facebook, and Twitter for our hours, as they may become irregular as we wind down.
Running a business on the side is a difficult proposition. None of us take a salary from Milkman Brewing, and all hold full time jobs. In addition to additional responsibilities in our professional lives, Jamie and Justin have both seen their families double in size since we started this venture. You may have seen Jamie’s or Justin’s kids down at the brewery during growler sales. If you’ve been to the brewery, you would also notice that it’s not the best place to keep small children for long periods of time, especially in the winter.
With our changing personal priorities in mind, we’ve been exploring various options over the past few months to keep the brewery running. Unfortunately, we determined that moving on is our best option at this time.
We want to acknowledge how absolutely wonderful and supportive everyone has been. There are so many people without whom we’d have never gotten this off the ground, and an even bigger group that kept us going once we were up and running. It’s been a pleasure to meet so many good and passionate people, from the folks that battled through throngs of fellow beer enthusiasts to see us at festivals, to those that braved the steps to our growler station, to the bar managers and employees that helped us move kegs down terrifyingly narrow steps, to our fellow brewers who were willing to give us advice and help us through the minutiae of running a brewery.
Thank you all for helping us to live our dream, at least for a little while. It’s been an amazing experience.
Cheers, from all of us at Milkman Brewing!