“Environmentally conscious brewery”
I fell in love with beer while studying British politics in England. The beer there was unlike anything I had ever had. It came from a beer engine, it was full bodied, flavorful, and it even came in a cooler glass! It was then that I decided to start home brewing when I came back to the states. After graduating college with a Business Administration degree, I did what most college grads would like to do, move to Vail Colorado to ski. While fulfilling that passion I met a fellow at a beer festival that skied all morning and made money by brewing beer at a local brewery called The Hubcap. I knew right then that he was in the middle of a scam, and I wanted in on it. To get my foot in the door I started volunteering at the Hubcap, until they decided I wasn’t going to leave so they actually began paying me! By the end of that ski season I was working full time as a lift operator AND full time brewing beer. While in Vail, I gave a tour to some college students from Oklahoma that offered me an ownership piece of a brew pub. I took them up on it and we opened our Brewery in 1993. As time went on, our concept grew, and grew. Before I knew it we had one brewery location and four satellite stores. The business was a success, but I really tired of the khaki pants and longed for the days spent in rubber brewing boots. Together with my wife, we traveled looking for a place that was community oriented and a great place to raise a family. We kept coming back to Austin, and knew without a shadow of a doubt that this place was for us. So, we sold our part of the businesses, packed up all of our belongings plus our trusty brew dog Maggie, and moved south. We at Thirsty Planet Brewing believe our purpose is multi-faceted. It begins with just good, old-fashioned passion. Beer is our passion. We enjoy the history of beer, its humble, but amazing beginnings, the way it brings people together, and it’s unbelievable versatility. We truly believe you should follow your passion and enjoy life. How better to do that than open Thirsty Planet Brewing Company. Our purpose then morphs into doing the right thing. For us, this includes being environmentally conscious. We have laced filters in our drains for run-off water, so we can use that water to irrigate our lawns and plants. We also plan to purchase solar panels for our brewery. We recycle, and you will quickly learn that after visiting our beautiful tasting room. Check out our bar, you will see what we mean. Another important aspect of doing the right thing is through charitable donations. We have been truly blessed in life and want to give to those who are in need of a blessing. A portion of our Yellow Armadillo Wheat sales will go to a local cancer research/support foundation, and a portion of our Thirsty Goat Amber sales will go to help purchase farm animals (maybe goats?) for needy people in third world countries. So, not only can we feel good for helping people, you can feel good every time you purchase Thirsty Planet beer. It’s a win-win situation!!!
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Thirst Planet Brewing
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