At the time it was a dream for me.
The idea of opening up a brewery and making craft beer for a living seemed to have so much appeal. I was in my late 20's working in finance in New York City. As much as we could we would escape the hustle and bustle of Manhattan and make the long drive up to Vermont where we could spend the weekend in the mountains hiking, skiing, snowboarding and getting some much needed fresh air. It was on those long drives that the idea of Duck Foot was born.
Planning my escape out of financial services and into a new career making hand crafted beer seems like a no brainer. But how? What was my niche going to be? What was the name of the brewery going to be? My wife Katie and I kicked around a lot of ideas on those long drives passing the time through Connecticut, Massachusetts and into the green mountain state of Vermont. It was fun to dream.
I believe in bringing your passions together.One of my favorite parts of a good day on the mountain is the end when you come in off the mountain and warm up at the lodge bar. Usually there is a band playing, you get a couple of appetizers and grab a beer. That beer really tastes good after all that fun and as your body acclimates to the warm lodge and the good vibe people are just so happy. I wanted to find a way into that and help add to the culture. At the time and this was like 2008 back on the east coast there was craft beer but from what I was seeing it hadn't made it into the ski bars. It was still dominated by all the major macro beer choices.