So, You Want to Go Pro?

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This article originally appeared in the November/December 2021 issue of Zymurgy Magazine

By Jason Simmons

There’s a running joke when brewers meet other brewers: “What did you do in your previous life?” Brewers commonly have past careers that we worked at for years before deciding to switch. People come from all walks of life, and it is interesting to discover which industries brewers had previously specialized in and what tricks they bring from those settings to the brewery. I have seen, lawyers, doctors, and high-end CEOs completely abandon their corporate jobs to
become brewers.

The brewing industry respects other brewers, and I have been shown warm hospitality when visiting other breweries. Every brewery I have worked for has been eager to return that friendliness. Brewing beer is fun, but it’s not a get-rich-quick industry. Many of us gave up secure, well-paying jobs to become brewers, but you can make a respectable living in beer if you put in the effort. Beer is a passion, and it takes someone with that passion and dedication to make world-class beers…

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