Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Just waiting for my own big idea

Our other activity this weekend was visiting the Minhas Craft Brewery in Monroe, WI, which is billed as the oldest Brewery in the Midwest and the second oldest brewery in the US after Yuengling.  I'd never heard of any of the beers they brew, but the tour/tasting had been recommended to me by a coworker and I had a Groupon for 1/2 off admission for four people, and plus, Minhas sounds like a good German name, right? How could we go wrong?

Well, if you say so...
We got to taste a variety of the beer and soda they produce (orange cream = delicious, Blueberry cream = cotton candy, chocolate stout = strange, wheat beer = still my favorite, IPA = nasty), and the woman who led the tour was knowledgeable and enthusiastic.  We each got a glass and a 5-pack to go, and Daniel and I kept the wheat beer and root beer for ourselves and sent the rest a long with my in-laws. 

What was most interesting about the brewery is that the most recent owners,  Ravinder and Manjit Minhas, are actually a brother and sister from Canada who are just in their mid-20s.  Manjit had owned one of the brands of beer produced at what was then called Monroe Brewery, but the company was actually in financial straights before the pair bought it in 2006 and put up a bunch of capital to fix up the machinery and grow the business.  Kind of crazy to think of being a business owner at 26!  And- at least according to the woman who was running the tour- the family isn't mega rich or anything.  The family was in the alcohol business in Canada*, and, after earning engineering degrees, the kids decided to follow along. 

I think it's impressive but it also feels kind of weird when I learn about people younger than me who have already accomplished something I never will.  Not that I really want to own a brewery, but coming up with a cool business or creative idea would be... well... cool.  Maybe I'll write that mystery novel one day... 

If you could become really famous or successful for one thing, what would it be?

*Evidently it's good to be in the beer business in Canada because you can sell really big cans with really high alcohol content.

1 comment:

  1. That is such a strange feeling when people achieve HUGE accomplishments at such an early age. I am always like, "What the heck am I doing?!?!"

    I totally wish I could invent something! I think that would be amazing. The problem is that I do not have a creative bone in my body. Lame.