After brewing at home for more than 20 years, I realized brewing just needed to be a way of life for me. My extensive brewing experience at home, the awards I had received over the years, the beers I designed for other breweries, and my obsession for fermenting anything I could caught up with me.
I always wanted to make beer; I just needed to find a way to make a modest living out of it. At first I was obsessed with hops and everything they could bring to beer, but after a stint in the wine industry, I began working with barrels and blending and soon became utterly fascinated with the scientific realm of things. All of this experience transferred into my brewing. Once I fully realized the possibilities and complexities of what could be achieved with wild yeast and barrel aging, I started writing the business plan.
When Shady Oak first began, our roots were in the realm of wild barrel-aged beer. As our business has grown and evolved, there is now room to have some fun with hops and more approachable beer as well.
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