About year ago, I was playing with my daughter while my wife interviewed for a new job near Tombstone. Our riveting game of chase-the-just-now-walking-one-year-old was briefly interrupted by a serendipitous glance at a realtor’s poster for a building in Tombstone that looked perfect for a brewery.
About nine months ago, I sat alone in a building in Tombstone that was perfect for a brewery but little more than a blank canvas, heart beating like a bass drum and mouth dry with anxiety.
In the midst of chaos and construction months later, a friend who’s been in the same situation numerous times perfectly summed up 2016 for me when he took a deep breath of the heavy drywall and sawdust-filled air then looked at me and said, “smells like ‘oh sh#t’ – congrats, buddy!”
Eight-four days ago, wort again went into fermentors in Tombstone for the first time in over a decade. Oh sh#t smelled delicious.
The twelve weeks since then feel like an eternity and a blink of the eye at the same time. This was when everything finally sank in, though:
That was last weekend. Sitting in the same spot in that same building. Drinking a beer made feet away. A really, really good beer.
It still feels like oh sh#t, but the biggest oh sh#t of all, however, has been the crazy response we’ve seen to our beers. In twelve weeks, we’ve sold thousands of gallons of beer and are now close to ending up on Untappd‘s list of Top Rated Breweries. That isn’t just a list of top rated breweries in Arizona or even the United States, but a list of top rated breweries in the world. There are only fifty of them. I’m shocked, but also pretty excited.
Sure, it’s ridiculous that not one of Arizona’s unbelievable established breweries is already on the list (though Arizona’s incredible Superstition Meadery made it, at least). And it’s silly there aren’t a whole lot more breweries from outside of this country too.
Untappd is home to plenty of reviews that basically consist of this: “