2 years ago on Friday, February 12, 2016
The story of Half Full Brewery is a long one, with no end in sight. It’s a story best told (and read) with a Half Full beer in hand and it begins with the desire to stand for something more. After four years of grinding out a banking job on Wall Street, I knew I had to make a change, or risk forever being sucked into a career that would never inspire me. I wanted to do something that mattered, something that contributed to the “greater good”, and though I didn’t wholly know what that meant, I knew I wouldn’t find it sitting at my desk in a suit. … So, after a couple of months of planning for what would become a life-changing trip, I landed in Lima, Peru in August 2008. In tow were my fiancée Lindsay, her brother Andrew, and a 50-pound backpack filled with what I would need for the next 15 weeks. Over that time, I woke up early to catch a glimpse of Machu Pichu at sunrise, observed the afternoon maté ritual in Brazil, sampled fresh wine trail-side on a hike of Cinque Terre, and philosophized over liters of beers in Munich bier gardens. In the middle of this cathartic period in my life, I stumbled upon “That Bright Idea” that would forever change the direction of my life.