Reflecting on the past 5 years in order to create a summary is an incredible challenge at best, likely creeping on impossible. At the risk of sounding cliche, it is hard to explain what the past 5 years have been like unless you have walked the same path. What I can say without reserve is that I do not regret a minute of it. I cherish all of it: from the highest highs to the lowest lows. Everything is simply an opportunity for personal growth.
The closest I can get to explaining the past 5 years is to liken it two raising two parallel families. My wife and I found out we were pregnant with our first child 4 days before Karben4 opened for business. We burned the ships- this thing had to work. As we grew our family to 3 beautiful children, I watched my brewery family grow, mature, and develop. It’s hard to not feel like a father in both situations. At home my family relies on me for income, leadership, guidance, humility, patience, and participating in good decision making. My brewery family requires the same thing. Both sets of people place their trust in me to not lead them astray; to give them a foundation to build a life on. I draw the line at potty training.
I wish there were more hours in the day or that I could manipulate time because I always feel like I can never give enough to either family. I guess that’s just another area for personal growth. Jocko would just say, “Good.” (Jocko Willink- look him up)
Beyond all, reflecting on the past 5 years fills me with gratitude. I am grateful for my family- from the one I was raised in, to the one I chose as I became an adult, to the family I am raising. I am grateful for all the new friendships and relationships. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with extraordinary individuals that push me to be better. I am grateful for faithful customers and fans that motivate me to pursue excellence, and hold us accountable when we fall short. I am grateful for those brave individuals that put their lives on the line, and especially those who have given all, for our country and in our communities. I am grateful for my freedom. I am grateful to be alive.
Thank you for sharing this incredible journey with us.