I have wanted to open a bar, or pizza brewery for years. I have made offers on what I thought would be good locations, but the numbers never really worked. I thought I would have to wait until retirement. Then for some reason, one day I was drinking at Port Brewing Company in San Marcos with some buddies, looked around and just decided I was going to open a brewery, and that was it.
I have been a back yard brewer and wine maker for many years now, and loved what I was making. At the same time I was playing poker with Troy Smith from Coronado Brewing Company, and he was helping me make beer. So one day I just asked him if he wanted to do his own thing. Troy said yes. So I had the brewer I wanted. I figured that was a pretty good start.