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Total loan: $10,000

Dan

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Keeseville, NY, United States / Food

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A loan helped purchase two large vessels for fermenting our beer in.


Dan's story

My younger brother, Dylan (24), and I (29) grew up in way northern, NY, in the small college town of Potsdam. Our father was a homebrewer, and some of my earliest memories include helping him cap the bottles of his homebrew starting at the age of three. The pungent smell of beer brewing, while off-putting to some, is nostalgic and wholesome to me. I studied biochemistry in college, and brewed my own beer throughout. I even did an apprenticeship with a local brewery my senior year and received college credit to brew beer and write a business plan for my hypothetical brewery-to-be. My brother graduated high school the same year that I graduated college, and we moved in together for about a year in Burlington while he prepared to attend the University of Vermont. My plan was to attend med school after college, and while I studied for the mcats, I worked at a local winery maintaining their vineyards and making wine. I also taught my brother to brew beer, and found that he showed the same excitement and attention to detail that I had developed. Instead of applying to medical schools, we began a pipe dream of starting a small brewery rooted in local agriculture. I decided to attend the Master Brewers Program at UC Davis, CA, and Dylan decided to pursue a degree in plant and soil science to learn about the agricultural side of our endeavor. After completing my brewing program and going on to work for other breweries on both sides of the country, and after my brother had completed his degree and gone on to work for several farms, our dream to open a farm brewery had only been reinforced. We stumbled upon a rich community of other young farmers in Keeseville, NY through some friends, and are excited to be back in the Adirondack region of New York, near where we grew up, to build our brewery.