Too often I see people starting a business with intentions to make a lot of money and what normally happens is they don't get very far out of the starting gate. I believe passion for your work/craft truly makes your business successful.
Passion is defined by those who put sweat and blood in it like it is going to save the world. I feel this is reflected in a lot of local businesses in the beer industry around Tulsa, OK be it a brewery or liquor store. Passion for crafting drinkable beer is truly an art just like cooking.
Another great thing about passion for craft beer is that those who create it and love it want to share it with everyone. Don't drink craft beer? I know so many people that can start you off in the right path and break the 30 pack hum drum. So with this passion of sharing be it online through Facebook/Twitter, at R Bar & Grill sampling flights or hopefully sampling at your local brewery if HB 1341 is passed, I wanted to share some advice and images.
Photo by: Prairie Artisan Ales
Just recently Prairie Artisan Ales released a Kickstarter project to help fund their 100% oak barrel aged brewing house. This is a unique and inspiring way to help out a local brewery that has already established themselves in the market and spreading the "Made in Oklahoma" message.
Chase and Colin share quite a bit on Facebook from label concepts to ingredients in their recipes. I encourage you to follow along if you have any general interest in creating your own brand of beers.
Another passion of mine personally is volunteering and charities. Just yesterday I found an event called Okie Brews for CureResearch 2013. This is a beer tasting event with local Oklahoma breweries like COOP Ale Works and Mustang Brewing Co. taking place April 18th in Tulsa. Here is the description from there event site:
"CureSearch for Children’s Cancer is a national non-profit (501(c)(3)) foundation whose mission is to fund and support children’s cancer research and provide information and resources to all those affected by children’s cancer. CureSearch raises funds for promising research conducted at more than 180 hospitals in the United States, including Saint Francis Children’s Hospital in Tulsa and the OU Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City. For more information, please call 800-458-6223 or visit us online at www.curesearch.org "
Image by: OkieBrews 2013
We plan on attending and encourage our members as well to come out. While I am in the sharing mood I have come up with a contest for those who want to join us but may need a little more incentive.
Anyone that signs up with Beer Is OK from now until April 15th will be entered into a drawing for tickets to the 2013 Okie Brews for CureResearch event. We will select two lucky people to represent Beer Is OK and hob nob with Oklahoma brewers and sample their craft beers. Please head over to www.beerisok.com and sign up today on our home page.
In closing make sure to include sharing everyday whether it be a home brew tip or a few dollars to a local charity, sharing makes everything more successful.