The dream of Half Batch Brewing started 20 years ago
Half Batch Brewing was born in the kitchen of a college apartment in Baton Rouge in 1995. That’s when and where I brewed my first beer. A homebrewer does not exist who has not thought while brewing a batch of beer, “If I could do this for a living…”. Each homebrewer differs in how he completes that sentence, and in how far down the road to opening a brewery he may travel.
As for a college student about to graduate with a history degree who was not relishing the thought of graduate school, becoming a professional brewer sounded pretty good. I began to hustle for a job in the craft brewing industry. There was an offer from a brewery in Idaho to come be an assistant brewer that I couldn’t take advantage of. There was an actual ‘interview’ for a job that didn’t exist at a (now huge) San Francisco area brewery. Awkward! When I moved to Durango, CO, after college, there was almost another assistant brewer job in Ouray, but I am a Southern boy from Alabama. That means I was terrified of the thought of driving one of the most avalanche-prone stretches of highway in the US twice a day in the winter. Not a commute I was ok with.
Then, a lot of life happened. I was married. Kids came. I was a single dad, responsible for the raising of three kids. I was married again and now raising four kids. I fell into working in Information Technology. That career field has been good to me and my family, and has allowed me to get to a position in life from which I can take a chance on an old dream. Through it all, I brewed beer. And I dreamed. While I am very good at what I do for a living, I’ve never really fit into the corporate environments in which I’ve worked. It always felt like I should be doing something else.
So, the dream of Half Batch Brewing has once again risen from the ashes, like some kind of beer phoenix. I’m opening Half Batch Brewing to share with people the thing that I love. I was never talented in any way that people consider artistic, but I think of brewing beer as my way of artistic expression. My goal is to brew the best beer I can possibly brew. Every time. Hence the motto “Half Batch Brewing – Never Half Ass”. I hope all of you enjoy my creations.
Nathan S. Newton
Founder, Half Batch Brewing
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It’s been over three months since I’ve written one of these. I was surprised to see that fact this morning. It’s been on the to-do list for a long time, but has not managed to bubble to the top. There have been a lot of other things that had to be done to keep Half Batch […]
… so are the days of opening a brewery. If you haven’t heard, we have rented a space for the brewery. It will be on Main Street in the Hazel Path Commons center. It is the old Curves space in the bend of the center. Hopefully, it will soon be bustling with activity as it […]
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