All throughout the year I think about it, but given this specific holiday I figured it would be a good time to share those thoughts...
Sitting here (this was written Wed Nov 27th) in the distillery, working on my 20th hour of distilling in the last 23 hours, maybe I'm a little woozy from the delicious smelling fumes, but I keep reflecting on where I am and how far I've come. And all of this modest success I've been blessed to achieve this year, is due more to everyone else than my own hard work. Though I'm well aware I'll fail spectacularly, I'd like to use this post to try and thank some of those people who've been instrumental in getting us to this point.
First and foremost, my wonderful wife for supporting, encouraging, and giving me a needed kick in the butt from time to time. She's been my cheerleader and my co-dreamer and it's for us and our family that I'm trying to create the future we've envisioned. Thank you, Sidni. I love you.
I want to thank our parents, for their support and encouragement, sage advice and challenging me to rethink my plans to make sure I'm focused on what's most important. And for their help in the distillery and in all aspects. I couldn't have done it without you guys and it's been incredibly special to share this journey with you.
To Jim, Dyke, & Ben, Thank You for your belief in me, you're willingness to come along on this journey, and making the long trips to help out for various events. I'm so excited that we'll be able to toast our great success together in the years to come. That will make it even more special.
To all our family and friends and friends who are family, thank you so much for you selflessness and willingness to help out. Whether it was remodeling the inside of the distillery, bottling, cleaning, and just generally helping promote the distillery in any and every way possible, I sincerely thank each one of you. I am extremely blessed to have the people in my life that I do, family & friends. Know that I do not take you for granted, even if it may seem that way sometimes.
And perhaps most of all, I want to thank our fans. You are the reason that I can continue to chase my dream. You great conneisseurs of whiskey, with your impeccable taste and discerning palate, you're willingness to try and then embrace a tiny start-up company like this... is truly phenomenal. Without your support, we couldn't keep doing this. So I thank you. And believe me when I say that it's only going to get better, so stick around!
And to everyone else who's helped me and the distillery out, I truly appreciate it. Please don't be mad at me if I didn't name you specifically. It's unintentional and only because I am indebted to so many wonderful people for helping in myriad different ways that my tiny brain can't keep everything straight. Know that you are appreciated.
This venture has led me to run-ins with some unsavory folks, but those few are dramatically outnumbered by all the kind, sincere, and genuinely good people that I've been fortunate to come into contact with. It's been an amazing path so far and I absolutely love it. I pray that it continues on, for I will.
THANK YOU. Happy Thanksgiving!