Archive: November 2014 - Low Brau

What’s Next?

So it’s been a while on posting, and there are plenty of reasons why.  We looked at a lot of spaces, many were out of our price range or too large for what we wanted to do.  We didn’t need much space to begin with, and we had a limit of what we could handle.  A lot of the spaces we looked at were up to 5x what are limit was.  We did however get close on one space, had the LOI (Letter of Intent) in, and were starting negotiations.  However, the building wasn’t budging on a few key items that would have hurt our budget in the business plan.  So we decided to go quiet for a bit, continue brewing and work on other things.

During that time, other things changed.  I recently had my first child born, and so things have changed financially based on his arrival.  This means the dream has to be put on hold for a while longer.  However, that does not mean the end of Low Brau and beer.

During the day I work at an Architecture & Design firm.  I have made a few changes firm wise since the start of Low Brau, and during that process, I have been able to pull in an area of focus that I have had experience in, and really run with it.  With my restaurant experience, I was able to work on Brookland Pint (, which opened end of the summer and is doing pretty well.  I’ve also done work on a distillery and am currently working with a brewery.

In addition to marrying design with my love for all things beer, I’m also moving forward with trying to get Cicerone Certified.  I’m hoping to sit for the exam in May.  I already have the Beer Server complete, and want to move forward to the next level.  There are a few other beer related projects that are going on as well.  So I am still very much saturated in the beer world.

As for brewing, I will still be doing so when I can (it’s a bit hard now, until we open our DC office).  The dream is still there to one day own a brewery, more than likely a brewpub.