Redundancy. A reason to reassess, pause for breath, take stock. A time to think about what’s important and then make plans. New ones.
And that’s exactly what we did last summer, June 2012. After five years working entrepreneurial hours helping to get a young, ambitious start up company out of the blocks it was time to change.
Like many people we’d nursed the idea of setting up our own microbrewery here in Donegal for a while, not least because we like beer so much.
But it always seemed such a scary thing to do, setting up in business yourself. There are so many unknowns, there’s so much to learn, so much to lose. The Fear of Failure is your friend.
And yet, when push came to shove, it was one of the easiest decisions we’ve ever made. Probably made easier, it has to be said, by the dearth of other employment options here in beautiful, wild Donegal but there you go.
We also know some great, nay fantastic micro breweries in Cumbria, where I’m from. There it’s the norm to walk into a pub and be spoilt for choice over what to drink. However, proper beer is close to our hearts mostly, to be honest, because my brother in law is in the trade. But more on him in a later post.
So here we are, pretty much one year later. With our first beer recipe brewed and bottled we’ve made a start and we’re off!