The time has come to say farewell.
I opened Southern Hills Homebrew Supply in 2015. At the time I saw a need for a fully stocked local homebrewing and winemaking supply store. I must not have been the only one, as word quickly spread and my little business took off.
Over the last 8 years I have had the pleasure of meeting and making friends with a great deal of folks that also love this hobby. I have met professional brewers, winemakers, and meadmakers from all over the country. I have met authors, podcasters, and innovators. I have been on podcasts, live morning news shows, and periodicals. I have put on brewing demonstrations, taught classes, guest brewed, and hosted events like our annual “Big Brew for National Homebrew Day” and “Learn to Homebrew Day” gatherings. I have volunteered with the American Homebrewers Association and I have been president of our local homebrew club, the Star City Brewers Guild. I have milled so much grain that I have had to replace my grain mill – twice!
But the best part of these last eight years has been working with our customers right here in our little log cabin.
Watching a brewer, winemaker, or meadmaker go from their very first batch to winning medals in national competitions is a thrill that never gets old. I have met so many wonderful people in our store and I can not express my gratitude enough to each and every customer that we’ve served. I hope that there will always be a place in your heart for our little store.
I am thankful to my staff over the years - Mike, Jake, and John. Without your hard work I’m sure that the store wouldn’t have lasted as long as it has. I am especially thankful to my wife and kids for putting up with this crazy experiment. Most of you wouldn’t know, but my wife has put in almost as much effort into the store as I have. I think my kids began to dread New Years as that is when we typically did our inventory count and they would have to come in and count every single o-ring, grommet, and airlock in the building.
I don’t know what the next adventure will be for me, but I hope all of you will continue on your fermentation journey and raise a pint with me.
- Robb Burden