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I’m often dazzled by how much things change when you’re not paying attention. This idea that, as I move on with my own life, that things I leave behind are somehow just sitting silently, doing nothing in my absence is laughably absurd, but yet that’s how I imagine it. (Probably because projecting the infinite possibilities of the universe that take place just outside the sphere of my own personal experience is too cumbersome a thought process, and not just innate human self-absorption.)

Nothing is more true of this than the growth of the craft beer scene in the area where I live. When we moved to Delaware, there were maybe 4 craft breweries in the entire state. I was very lucky to be given the chance to work at one of them, even if just for a short period of time. That window of time, I might add, is now ten years passed and so much has changed since I left. The cast of characters I knew in that life have gone on to do some great and amazing things, one of which is a a very clever business model present in a very popular new microbrewery that all my friends rave about.

So, when I found the opportunity to spend a childfree day with a friend, we opted to go there and see what all the fuss was about. The person who left the business I worked with him in and began his own has done fantastically well for himself. I couldn’t be happier for him, honestly. Their brewery does limited release Saison-style ales with a great restaurant in a suburban, yet affluent part of Pennsylvania.

Seeing what this person has picked up from the successful businesses he’s worked for previously and transformed it into one of the arguably most popular breweries around makes me incredibly happy, not just for him, but for the community at large. While chasing the dream of being a professional brewer wasn’t for me, I’m enjoying the happiness I feel on their behalf as it raises our industry higher and lifts up all the ships on their rising tide.

It was amazingly sweet that my friend wanted to bring me here, too. I’m so grateful for the people who make sure I get to do adult stuff after my kids were born. It makes me happy to know that I’ve got the right people in my life that they know exactly the kind of activities we can do to make me happy.

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