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How to Get a Job in Craft Beer in 201 Not So Easy Steps

It’s not uncommon to have a bunch of things on your mind.  Some are just so powerful and so bothersome that they just seem to consume your life.  They drag you down and always let you know they are there.  Even when things go right they just seem to keep coming at you.  But I’m persistent or maybe just stubborn.  I keep powering through.  Eventually you do make it past and you can get out of the funk.  And for me I am finally out of it.

For what feels like months I have just not been myself.  I lost my concentration with this site and just couldn’t think of things to write about.  I lost the desire to even do simple things with my friends that I used to love doing.  Work began affecting my personal life in ways that it never should.  I needed change.

So I stopped writing and just thought, not putting anything really down.  I took time off from work but at the same time kept working.  I worked on myself and my situation.  I went into Due South Brewing, where I bar tend one day a week, and started just helping with whatever I could.  I stirred a mash.  I cleaned kegs.  I filled kegs.  I moved them all over a building.  I sanitized fermenters and brites.

I felt two things after those days.  One was a soreness in my body that I haven’t felt in years and the other was pride of a hard, honest days work.  I felt like I contributed towards something.  I contributed towards a product I believe in.  I have felt pride towards my work before but something about this was different.  It felt new and quite good.

That brings me to this past Sunday, sitting at a bar after over lunch.  I find that the hard work, the determination and the never give up attitude finally paid off.  I was offered a job, full time, at Due South Brewing.  Just like that my bummed feelings were gone faster than Penn Jillette on Dancing with the Stars (sorry Penn I do love you).

I thank all of my family, friends and readers for their continued support of me.  You all helped me keep fighting to achieve this goal in my life.  And thanks to Mike and Jodi at Due South for seeing the potential in me.

So what does this all mean for  To be honest, I don’t know.  And I’m okay with that.  I probably will never get as active as I once was but I won’t give this up just yet.  I will try my best to keep bringing you the going ons in South Florida craft beer along with the occasional rant.  I know you love those.

So again thanks all and on to another new chapter in my life.

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  • Reply Dave

    Congrats my friend. It’s my dream to work in craft beer one day.

    June 26, 2012 at 9:35 am
  • Reply Terry Jurewicz

    Best of Luck!!

    Your Very Proud Mom

    June 26, 2012 at 10:17 am
  • Reply Dad

    Good luck and does this mean I get a family discount.

    June 26, 2012 at 10:29 am
  • Reply Billy Broas

    Congrats Mike! This is great news.

    June 27, 2012 at 1:32 pm
  • Reply Mike

    Thanks everyone! I’m so looking forward to it.

    June 28, 2012 at 5:17 pm
  • Reply Brian

    Congratulations on the new gig! We were in the same sort of funk when we decided to we needed to switch things up. We ended up buying an RV and traveling the US visting breweries and craft beer bars. Two and half years later and we couldn’t be happier with our decision.

    Good luck with the new job! We’ll definitely check out Due South Brewing when we get down in South Florida in a couple months.

    December 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm
  • Reply IPA

    Good luck, you will do well.

    December 14, 2014 at 9:42 pm
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