After years of brewing and experimenting with making beer, taking courses, reading everything about beer they could get their hands on Jeff Sandifer and Mike Glockner have gotten pretty good at brewing.
With the proof of the quality of their product in the form of the awards they were receiving from entering competitions, a dream of starting their own craft brewery started to form.
As Jeff says, our wives heard us talking so much about this project, they finally said; “Why don’t you do something about it? I don’t want you looking back years from now with regret that you never actually went after realizing your dream”. And with that encouragement, they determined to make their dream a reality and share their passion for making outstanding beer with the whole community.
But starting a craft brewery is a big step in terms of the time and capital required to start it up, and they needed partners with the full range of business skills required to successfully launch a brewery. So they teamed up with Trent Chalecky, Mike Dykstra and Steve Leggatt who together bring the full range of technical, financial, property and construction expertise to the project.
The Brew-masters have decided on the four core products they will start with, and also plan to have a special brew for each season, as well as special batches for key events. They believe it is important for craft breweries to have strong ties to the community and look forward to partnering with many local organizations and businesses in the months and years ahead.
A property has been secured, financing has been lined up, equipment has been ordered, and the intrepid entrepreneurs have received enthusiastic support from everyone they have talked to. The plan is to be producing beer by April 2017.
They are keen to take their concept out of the basement and into the community at the “Head for the Hills” craft beer festival in Georgetown on September 17th. Come out and meet them and learn first-hand about this exciting new addition to the community