At a recent event hosted by the Kent Historical Society I was asked to contribute a picture from our hop harvest to the town’s time capsule commemorating it’s 275th birthday. Along with the picture, they requested I write a vision for where I see myself in 2039 when the time capsule is dug up and the town is celebrating it’s 300th birthday (founded in 1739!). I was rather surprised and honored at this, to be present for such a small portion of the town’s history yet asked to be a recorded part of it, with eyes on the future is something that means a lot to me.
In the very near future we will be brewing our first official batches of beer as Kent Falls Brewing Company. To think about what we’ll be doing twenty five years from now is absolutely absolutely wild notion. The three years spent planning and opening the brewery have been the most enjoyable working years of my life, and the excitement that builds when thinking about doing this for the next quarter century is indescribable. BUT…
Just a few moments later, this excitement for what is to come and gratitude for being included in such an event gave way to a flashback of my first night at Muhlenberg College and deja vu set in. All the freshman were gathered in front of a dorm and asked to write a note to their graduating self and say what they hope to accomplish in their four years in Allentown, PA. Exactly what was on the card I don’t remember, but I am 100% certain I am holding myself to higher standards today than I did as a goofy 18 year old.
So here it is:
I will be looking back on 25 incredible years of brewing in Kent. To celebrate an even bigger birthday, I hope to be releasing a special batch of beer brewed in honor the town’s 275th anniversary, and sharing it with the amazing community that we are proud to call home.
Unfortunately, rules prohibited me from burying a bottle of beer with the time capsule. Thankfully, there is plenty of field space on the farm for us to bury a case or two of beer and make our own time capsule. 😉
Until then, I would love to hear your visions for the CT Beer scene over the next 25 years. Let’s hear what you have to say!
Happy Birthday Kent. Here’s to many years of delicious beer together. Cheers!