It has been several months since I announced that I would be pursuing my dreams in craft brewing and sharing my experiences here at The Adventure Bite. In the time that has elapsed since then a lot has happened. I did not forget my promise to write about my journey, but shortly after my first post Dani and I made the decision to close this chapter of our lives here in Georgia, and return to Oregon so that we could start another.
We have two boys who hardly know their family back home, and we are excited to be moving closer! And there isn’t a better place to be than Oregon and Washington for beer culture. As I write we are less than two weeks away from catching a flight back to the Pacific Northwest. Our household and car have already made the trek thanks to the generosity of our parents who conveniently own and operate a trucking company.
Although I have been silent about all this on the web, I have not been inactive. We racked and bottled three beers back to back and packed the brewing equipment for the trip. I was sad to see everything go, but we enjoyed having the 15 gallons of fermented goodness over the holidays.
The Double IPA, and the Russian Imperial Stout are all gone now, and we have just one last Cider waiting to be cracked open the night before we leave. That seems fitting since a little over three years ago we cracked open our last cider brewed in Oregon with some friends we met on the road during our move to Georgia.
I have also been busy looking for work. My goal is to find a job with a craft brewery. I may not be a brew master yet, but I figure there are two ways to get there. Get trained on the job or go to school. Eventually I would like to do both, but for now, finding a job is a priority so why not get a job in a brewery?
I am not sure just how challenging getting employed by a brewery with no prior experience in the industry will be but with about 300 individual breweries in Oregon and Washington alone, I am hopeful. To increase my eligibility I registered to take a four month course from the community college in my home town that is intended to prepare interested entry level people like myself for an exam that will provide a General Certificate in Brewing upon successful completion. The certificate is offered by the Institute of Brewing and Distilling, a UK based organization that can trace its roots all the way back to 1886.
It is going to be an adventure no matter what, and I am excited to get my own little five gallon, garage brewery, of which I am the head brew master, back up and running once we get settled in. Until my next post…cheers!