If 2020 has any silver lining for me, it’s the fact that I’ve been able to visit breweries and tap houses that I haven’t been to in a long time, or at all. One of those places I’ve always wanted to visit is this week’s Thirsty Thursday Spotlight, Mahoney’s Public House.
The owner, Tom, and I have known each other for damn near 6 years, back when he owned another Tap House on the east side of the Couve. He’s always been a great guy to me and my family every time we visited. He even embraced my emotional roller coaster and crazy outbreaks during the Cubs and Indians infamous 2016 World Series Game 7.
I’m so glad to say that same embrace was welcomed when the dude’s and I visited there this past week.
I was about 10 minutes early for my reservation at Ghost Runners Brewery and Kitchen. I’m glad Jeff encouraged me to make a reservation because I could tell the outdoor seating was already packed. I walked in and was welcomed by the warmth and the smell of pizza being made in the Kitchen. I ordered one of my favorite local beers, the Phantom Rojo. I grabbed the pint of the Imperial Red goodness, and took my seat outside.
As I waiting for the dudes to join me, I sipped on the beer and glanced at the food menu. The rain began to pour a little heavier and was soon joined by a chilly breeze. I began to think about how much I missed meeting friends and family indoors, and how different this Thanksgiving is going to be. I took another sip of my awesome beer choice, and stared at the already half empty pint glass. I kept staring and staring, until I finally asked myself; “Is the glass really half empty? Or is it half full? I’ve always been the glass is half full kind of guy, so why am I seeing this pint as half empty?”
I looked at the pint glass a little bit longer, and then it hit me.
After doing the Business over Beer Podcast for over a year now, it’s becoming more and more apparent, that we’re not just drinking beers and talking business…I mean, yeah, it’s some of what we do for sure, but it’s turning into something a bit more special. Our mission has always been building a community to help support Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurship.
The way Business Over Beer builds that community is a three tier system:
These Thirsty Thursday spotlights have been an absolute blast. How could it not be, right? Going to local Breweries and Tap Houses with family and friends, sitting and talking about life, business, sports and adventures in home schooling. Heck, we even throw in a little politics here and there.
This week was no exception for our visit to Brothers Cascadia Brewing in the Hazel Dell neighborhood, north of downtown Vancouver, WA. Brothers Cascadia Brewing has some of the best craft beer in the Vancouver area, and maybe on the whole country. They really stand out in a highly ambitious Pacific Northwest brewery scene. Ben and “The Gangsta of Hazel Dell” himself, Jason Knopp, in all his gangsta-ness, were joined by the Area Director of BeLocal, and long time friend of The BOB, Valerie Hooks.
Thirsty Thursday from Fortside Brewing and Taco Spaceship
It’s Thursday again and we’re thirsty. And hungry!
It goes without saying that starting your own business has its risks and trepidations. But having a strong support group at your side and in your corner is one of the most important things entrepreneur can do.
Business Over Beer turned a year old in September, so it is a great time to reflect and acknowledge the support we’ve received from so many people and so may small business owners in Vancouver, WA. This week’s Thirsty Thursday, we’re recognizing Fortside Brewing Company and Taco Spaceship.