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Title: Maybe I could change my mind...
Post by: denny on July 23, 2010, 06:22:23 PM
I've always said that there's no way I'd want to be a commercial brewer, but maybe I could be persuaded.  My good friend and old homebrew buddy, Nate Sampson, has been the brewer at Eugene City Brewery (our Rogue local) for about a year now.  He called me the other day to ask what brands of extract I'd recommend.  Naturally, I asked him if he was going back to extract brewing!  He informed me that he'd just gotten a call from Morimoto (!) who has a licensing deal with Rogue.  Turns out Morimoto is opening a brewery in one of his restaurants in CA and can only use extract due to some local law.   Nate's going down there to help set up the brewery and do a few test batches to come up with recipes.  THAT'S the kind of thing that makes me think maybe being a commercial brewer wouldn't be so bad after all!
Title: Re: Maybe I could change my mind...
Post by: bonjour on July 23, 2010, 06:26:55 PM
I guess life really does begin at 60 Denny!!!
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Post by: theDarkSide on July 23, 2010, 06:29:33 PM
Well, maybe if you're busy doing that, we could catch up to you in post count. 

I wonder what the local law is that forbids them doing all grain.
Title: Re: Maybe I could change my mind...
Post by: majorvices on July 23, 2010, 06:32:10 PM
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Turns out Morimoto is opening a brewery in one of his restaurants in CA and can only use extract due to some local law.   

Funny, that's the kind of thing that makes me think professional brewing would be less fun.  ;)
Title: Re: Maybe I could change my mind...
Post by: denny on July 23, 2010, 06:44:30 PM
Yeah, if brewing was more of a concern than hanging with Morimoto and getting to develop recipes with him and eat his food!
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Post by: hamiltont on July 23, 2010, 08:46:24 PM
Sooo, what do you think Denny?  Sounds like a heck of a lot of fun to me. What are the CONS? No pun intended!! ;D
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Post by: saintpierre on July 23, 2010, 09:12:20 PM
Yeah, if brewing was more of a concern than hanging with Morimoto and getting to develop recipes with him and eat his food!

Does sound like second fiddle!
Title: Re: Maybe I could change my mind...
Post by: denny on July 23, 2010, 09:17:45 PM
Sooo, what do you think Denny?  Sounds like a heck of a lot of fun to me. What are the CONS? No pun intended!! ;D

The big downside to me is the possibility of turning something you love into something that you have to do.  I've done that with 2 orevious businesses, so I'm kinda gunshy.
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Post by: richardt on July 24, 2010, 02:05:50 AM
Didn't you just say a few months ago that you'd never do a commercial version of "Denny's RyePA"?
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Post by: beerocd on July 24, 2010, 03:21:07 AM
Didn't you just say a few months ago that you'd never do a commercial version of "Denny's RyePA"?

I think it'd be Morimoto's RyePA., so no problem.  ;)
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Post by: euge on July 24, 2010, 03:39:57 AM
Denny you could do some "consulting" and work on a part-time basis.
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Post by: kgs on July 24, 2010, 11:06:15 AM
Denny you could do some "consulting" and work on a part-time basis.

My thought too.
Title: Re: Maybe I could change my mind...
Post by: denny on July 24, 2010, 01:31:02 PM
Denny you could do some "consulting" and work on a part-time basis.

My thought too.

I'd love to do that, but who'd be crazy enough to hire me?  :)
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Post by: majorvices on July 24, 2010, 01:53:38 PM
You could be Morimotos full time test brewer. Working from home, of course. All equipment and ingredients paid for.
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Post by: tubercle on July 24, 2010, 02:04:40 PM
Developing software was a hobby at one time to Bill Gates just like inventing gadgets was to Thomas Edison.

 The greatest "job" in the world is doing something you love.
Title: Re: Maybe I could change my mind...
Post by: denny on July 24, 2010, 02:48:04 PM
The greatest "job" in the world is doing something you love.

Maybe, but it hasn't worked that way for me.  I've killed my love of 2 different hobbies by turning them into jobs.
Title: Re: Maybe I could change my mind...
Post by: SwashBuckling Drunk on July 24, 2010, 02:56:16 PM
You already are a consultant Denny.  You're well established in the very upper echelon of the homebrewing cottage industry (think Palmer, JZ, Papazian, etc).  It sounds like you just need to find a way to make a few bucks at it without lugging sacks of grain around all day.
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Post by: hopaddicted on July 24, 2010, 03:01:01 PM
That's very true Denny. Similar experience happened to my brother when he got a job in a brewery. He enjoys his work, but rarely brews anymore, instead vicariously enjoying homebrewing mainly by enjoying the HB's of his disciples (mainly my father and I). Sometimes when you do something all day, the last thing you want to do at home on your time off is that which you enjoy all day, I am in the same position too.
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Post by: dirk_mclargehuge on July 28, 2010, 11:05:26 PM
Yeah, if brewing was more of a concern than hanging with Morimoto and getting to develop recipes with him and eat his food!
I'd rather hand with Morimoto, too.
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Post by: beveragebob on August 14, 2010, 10:43:07 AM
"opening a brewery in one of his restaurants in CA and can only use extract due to some local law."

Having lived in NorCal for 22 years and owning a beer company, that statement sounds strange to me. I'm speculating that there is probably space logistical issues. If they do a Nano Extract setup with limited fermentation and bright tank storage, they can offer in house brews and lay claim to being a brewery but, also probably have an extensive wine list being it is in the heart of Napa wine country.
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Post by: suprchunk on August 16, 2010, 03:32:16 PM
... You're well established in the very upper echelon of the homebrewing cottage industry (think Palmer, JZ, Papazian, etc). ...

I wouldn't go that far.

I agree though, you shouldn't do it. It will definitely kill all you love about it. The fun aspect. If, on the other hand, you won't have to rely on it to live, and don't mind losing all you invested in it by just packing it in at a moment's notice, then go for it. I feel that you would probably regret all the blood, sweat, and tears if you felt you lost the passion and hung it up.
Title: Re: Maybe I could change my mind...
Post by: denny on August 16, 2010, 03:47:39 PM
Believe me, the compensation and perks I'd want if I did it pretty much insure that it will never happen.
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Post by: bluesman on August 16, 2010, 04:31:46 PM
Sounds like a great gig.  Have you officially been offered the job or ....
Title: Re: Maybe I could change my mind...
Post by: denny on August 16, 2010, 05:08:14 PM
Sounds like a great gig.  Have you officially been offered the job or ....

Me?????  Nope, no job being offered or discussed.
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Post by: jfin on August 17, 2010, 02:02:50 PM
What crazy law wouldn't allow you to use malted barley?