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So close…time for reflection

By September 20, 2016Uncategorized

Hey everyone.

We are coming down to the wire on our construction efforts. We have a series of inspections scheduled this week, but it looks like the final inspection is going to get pushed into next week.


We are still waiting on state and city licensing too. Without those, we can’t open our doors anyway.

In the meantime, we still have things we can do. As we wait…frustrated for certain, I have to pause to look back on what we’ve really accomplished and be grateful.

To put things into perspective I go back to 2012. Planning started in June of 2012. Ryan made a trip to San Diego in July, and we toured breweries.  I started working at Black Market Brewing Co. in August 2012 then moved back to Wichita in September.  We planned more, and tried raising money. As we heard “no” from numerous potential investors, I drew motivation from the song “Am I Wrong” by Nico and Vinz. Check it out…

…then, in January 2014, I got sick with H1N1…real sick.

Wichita man survives battle with H1N1 flu

As I woke up, seven weeks later, from the medically induced coma, the first thing I asked Ryan through my tracheotomy tube was, “You been working on the brewery?”

I had served twenty-one years as a Marine and survived a combat tour in Afghanistan, only to be nearly killed by the H1N1 virus. That gave me a new perspective on life. I had to learn how to walk and talk again, but I was even more determined, and we were quickly back at it…

I wasn’t going to back down or give up on the dream. I didn’t want us to ever look back on life and think, of what COULD HAVE been.  No…the Struts said it best…

Oddly enough, the day we found out our financing was approved and I got the good news, I started my car and this song was playing on the radio.

It was a moment of triumph. The universe seemed to be aligning, or at least it was an awesome coincidence. People say you build a business with “blood, sweat, and tears,” but that day the tears came first.

So as we wait a few more weeks, working to get everything done…bleeding, sweating… (for me..panting because of the damage H1N1 did to my lungs) I have to be careful not to let the frustration get to me. We’ve come a long way, and we WILL get there.

…let’s just hope the beer is good. From what we’ve sampled thus far…I’m optimistic and very excited to share it with you.

Be sure to check back later…



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