On this Special Article of my blog I had the pleasure of talking with Marshall from Brulosophy about some useful information regarding homebrewing, starting a brewery, and how Brulosophy started.
Whattttssssss going on Homebrewers!
My name's Ty Stevenson.
I'm a homebrewing, Waters Brewer owning, Marine Corps veteran, college grad, wolfdog owning, full time job having, ordinary dude who is writing these grammatically incorrect sentences in hopes of helping YOU, the homebrewer, when it comes to your brew. From your very first beer, to owing your own brewery.
I wake up between 4-6 AM every day, work on my business for a couple hours, take my dog on an hour walk, make my lunch, go to work at a winery (wish it was a brewery), come home, walk my dog again, watch some sports, work on more business, cook dinner, and spend the rest of my night with my loving girlfriend. Put that routine on repeat and that's the jist of my life. I also homebrew about every 3 weeks and I listen to a lot of podcasts revolving around brewing, business, and how to succeed at life.
I grew up living in apartments, motels, with family friends, and was eventually taken in by my grandparents at the young age of 13 after my mom could no longer support me. Pops was in and out of my life for the better or worse, but we are friends now, drink beer, play darts, and golf from time-to-time. My grandparents are the ones who really made me the man I am today. From disciplining me when I was being a stubborn teenager, to being there for every one of my baseball games for 13 years, they are my true heroes. They really taught me how to work hard, fight for what I believe is right, and always be kind to others.
I became a Marine before the age of 18 and was in the reserves until the age of 23. Went to college at 18 and graduated at 23 with a management degree, all while being in the Marines. I have a background in construction and started working 2 days after graduating college and will continue to work towards becoming a brewer, owning my own brewery, and running a successful business.
I had this idea in my mind about starting my own company for a while, after quitting my job as an assistant project manager for a construction where my boss was the worst boss you could ever imagine, where nothing I ever did was good enough, not getting training in my job, and commuting an hour plus there and back in traffic every day, I quit my job and took a month of work. During that month I just drank, played video games, and watched lots of TV, until something clicked in my head, I got to asking myself, "what the hell am I doing with my life". I still had to pay the bills, so I got a job at a winery in Sonoma County, wasn't very satisfied with this job, but because I had gone through these times of failure and defeat, I decided I can do more with my life, so I started a company. I woke up at 3:15 AM on the morning of April 26th, 2016 (not kidding) and decided I was going to start a business, and thus Waters Brewer was founded...
When I first started homebrewing, I spent so long looking for information online about how to better my beer, learn more about the ingredients and the process, and find out what really gets the homebrewing community going. One of the websites that I couldn't seem to escape (for a good reason) was Brulosophy.com.
Marshall, the founder of Brulosophy, emailed me back the same day I emailed him, asking him if he had some time to answer a few questions that I had for him and he said he was a busy man, which I could totally see why, but said he would answer some questions for me. The next day I drafted up 5 questions I thought might intrigue homebrewers, and be useful for conversation.
Without further ado, here are the answers from Marshall:
1.) How long have you been homebrewing for and how did you first get in to it?
2.) What are some of the main challenges you found as a beginning homebrewer?
3.) What prompted you to start doing Brulospohy and how/when did Brulosophy really take off?
4.) What is one of the most exciting/memorable XBMTS that you have completed and why?
5.) If you can give one word of advice to homebrewers who want to go professional, what would it be?
Brolosophy has some of the most interesting, beneficial, and intriguing articles about brewing out there and if you haven't had the opportunity to check out Brulosophy.com yet, you are wrong and should head over there right now to gain some knowledge.
Shout out to Marshall for answering these questions I had for him, being awesome, and putting out some of the best brewing content on the internet!
Thanks for reading this article guys! I hope you learned something you otherwise wouldn't have learned today and that you share/like if you think other homebrewers should should read this article as well.
As always, comments and feedback are appreciated!
Stay True To Your Brew!