I’m a life-long Hoosier without a single hometown. My dad worked for Indiana’s electric utility and we moved 9 times with his promotions before I graduated from high school. I’ve lived in Auburn, Bloomington, Carmel, Angola, Corydon, Greensburg, Russiaville, Kokomo, Bedford, and Indianapolis. I’m the same age as Damon Bailey. My school played basketball against his a few times when I was in 7th and 8th grade. I lit him up once for 3 points, but I doubt it was as memorable for him.
I’ve been fortunate to spend most of my career working for a great software company based in Plano, Texas. I’ve loved it, but an important part of my job has been on the road, traveling to customer sites and our different offices. Even though I’ve continued to live in Indiana, it’s been difficult for me to maintain my close ties to the state because of the travel. So, in 2015, I started looking for a business here at home that I could own which would allow me to strengthen my community ties. The opportunity to buy Flat12 came in late 2016, and I jumped on it. I’m a home brewer who has a passion for the industry, so Flat12 has been a great fit me. I love this state, and I’m so appreciative to have grown up here. I’m equally appreciative for all the support the state has given Flat12.
It’s no secret our business had some financial challenges when I bought it. I spent most of the first year addressing the challenges through a series of investments that have made the company sustainable and healthy. Owning a brewery is incredibly fun, but none of us do it with visions of big profits. Breweries aren’t good business models compared to other industries I’ve been exposed to, but they’re perfect for the community draw I was after.
Those of us in the business also love to make new outstanding beers. Flat12, and myself in particular, are fortunate that our brewing operations are led by award winning Head Brewer, Sean Lewis. “Lewis” isn’t only a great brewer, he’s also a great guy and first class in every measurable way. Where 2017 was our year to ensure the sustainability of our business, 2018 is our year to begin fully exercising Lewis’s brilliance through a variety of new beers we’re bringing to market. Please check out our 2018 calendar to see the availability of all our releases including our new Woodwerks, Sourwerks, and Funkwerks programs as well as our new Fruited Kolsch Series made with real Oregon fruit. These are high quality and expensive beers to produce. We’re pursuing them because we expect the best of ourselves and want to share it with you.
You’ll find the genesis of our company name on our cans which encapsulates what we’re all about… “The ingenuity of the Flathead 12 cylinder engine revolutionized racing in the great state of Indiana. We foster that same spirit of ingenuity with every beer we create.“ In summary, we love making unique beer and love doing it in the Hoosier State!
I encourage you to visit our brewery and sample our creations. While here, you can also enjoy authentic Philly cheesesteaks and hoagies from Kristina Mazza, the owner of Hoagies & Hops. Her food is terrific and nicely complements our beers. Please also check out our taproom calendar to find dates for events such as our Ultimate Fantasy Trivia hosted by Sergey Grechukhin, our Garage Sound local music series lead by our own brewer Erik Fox, and stand-up comedy from Rocketship Comedy lead by outstanding comedian and promoter, Cam O’Connor.
Come see us in the Holy Cross neighborhood, just east of Downtown Indy. We’d love to get to know you.