>Kick @$$ Job of the Week: Glenn Golden

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How did you get your kick @$$ job?
[Glenn Golden]
The brewery started as a bit of a pipe dream, as I think it does for most home brewers that want to make a career out of their passion for making beer. I spent many hours researching what it takes to open and operate a successful brewery. What I found was it is really expensive to get started. My wife Melissa and I spent a great deal of time crunching numbers and considering the options. After about two years of pen and paper speculation, the opportunity to purchase some local brewing equipment became available and we were able to make our numbers make more sense. We, of course, needed a place to brew and we had a fondness for this old building in Hampton. It turned out that it was previously the city jail so we knew immediately that had to be the name for the brewery. We started construction on the building in August 2008 and brewed our first batch of beer in October 2009. The first keg was sold to Slices Pizzeria in Griffin the following month. It’s been great!

 How and when did you get into brewing your own beer?
[Glenn Golden]
I don’t know exactly but I believe it was around 2001 or so. I first tried my hand at wine making and found it wasn’t for me. Once I started brewing beer I couldn’t absorb enough information about it. I also loved the stories of other breweries and how they made their way. This business is full of really interesting and down to earth people, which makes it attractive.
How many/what types of beers do you currently brew and where can we find them on tap around the Griffin area?
[Glenn Golden]
We currently brew three year-round offerings. Slammer Wheat is an American Wheat Beer that we call “the perfect craft beer for the general population.” The Mugshot IPA is a more hop-aggressive beer that is very popular with folks looking to challenge their pallets with a level of bitterness and malt character. The Breakout Stout is a robust dark beer full of dark chocolate and coffee flavors and aromas. We are starting to release seasonals and one-of beers to add variety as well. You will find most, if not all, our beer on tap at 6th Street Pier and Slices Pizzeria and if you’re going bowling you can drink Slammer Wheat at Magnolia Lanes. Bottles can be purchased at Kips and Jeffrey’s as well as El Durango.
Describe a “normal” or “average” day for you.  Do you have any of those?
[Glenn Golden]
What is normal? I couldn’t say. Time goes so fast when there is more than we can do in a regular work schedule. Music is about the only normal thing we have in the brewery. It fuels us. That and the fact that we look forward to that afternoon tasting. Otherwise we spend about three days per week bottling and kegging the other two days brewing. Our day starts around 9 a.m. and we usually try to leave by 5:30 or 6, but that rarely happens.
 Tell us about the tours and tastings.  How much, when and what is included?
[Glenn Golden]
We offer Brewery Visitation on Saturdays from 2 to 6 p.m. It’s our time to spend with craft beer fans and the locals who come out to see what we’re doing. We enjoy it as much as they do. The tour takes about an hour and you get to try all the beer while there. We sample up to 24 oz. We sell a tour glass for the tasting that is $8. Oftentimes we’ll have a new release to try straight out of the tanks. We focus on providing an education on how to make beer. We feel that knowledge breeds passion and we want people to be passionate about craft beer and the local brewery.
 What’s the best thing about your job?
[Glenn Golden]
We’ve been blessed by a good loyal following thus far. It is very rewarding to see people embrace what you’re doing and appreciate that we are making a very hands-on craft product. We take great pride in that.
What’s the one thing you hear most when you tell people what you do?
[Glenn Golden]
“You’re the luckiest man alive,” or “You mean your wife agreed to this?”
Your website mentions “mountainous challenges, perilous doubt and the occasional ghost story.”  Care to elaborate on any of that (especially the ghost story part)?
[Glenn Golden]
The “mountainous challenges” are not only the risks associated with starting your own business, but we live in a state that has some pretty unfavorable laws for breweries. We are learning to navigate those mountains each day. Doubt is a silent killer in my book. It is something we all deal with. Mostly, we find doubt where we don’t have answers and to start a brewery without prior experience is full of no-answer days. We do our best to move forward in the face of doubt and search for the answers we need to keep growing. Supposedly there is a ghost named Ol’ John that lives at the brewery. We blame him when things don’t go as planned. I hope he doesn’t get mad and show up one of these days.
Visit www.jailhousebrewing.com for more information about Jailhouse beers, tours, and information. 

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