Welcome to my website!
Maybe you've visited my website before, or maybe this is your first time. Let me introduce myself briefly. I was a computer programmer in the 1980's, then attended the esteemed Siebel Institute of Brewing Technology in 1988 and henceforth my career was all about beer. I spent 33.5 years as a beer professional (mostly a craft brewmaster) before retiring in 2022 to focus on my own art business, while staying involved in the fermented beverages industry as a beer judge and Pink Boots Society volunteer.
This website has a warren of branching paths and is surprisingly deep. Sorry it looks antiquated, but I keep it up-to-date myself with Dreamweaver 4.0. If you poke around, it may reward you with hidden gems and funny stories.
and busier than ever. I love working, it's just that now I get to work
at what I really want to work at. I'm an artist at heart. I loved the
creativity of being a brewpub Brewmaster (1989-2007), and I have missed
working my booth at beer festivals, speaking at beer events, and judging
beer with my peers. I am decent at science, but my heart lies with art.
And I always wanted to own, and work exclusively on, my own business.
You're leaving beer?
Not at all! My plans to build my own small brewery in retirement went right out the window during the pandemic. The business model of "all fresh draft beer" and "if you build it they will come" failed miserably, and there's no way I wanted to take on packaging. So I sold my 2-barrel brewery (known to some as the "Lease A Nano" brewery system) to my friend John Harris at Ecliptic Brewing. The equipment that was going to be my tiny retirement nano brewery and taproom is now churning out experimental test batches as Ecliptic's pilot brewery, and I think that's just wonderful!
What will you do now?
Part of what I love about beer is the long tradition it holds within human culture, going back at least 6,000 years. Yet, before there could be fermentation, there had to be leak-proof vessels to ferment in. My plans are to build and grow my pottery business. Compared to running even a nano brewery taproom, this will be easy as I'll be the only employee. Pottery engages my interest in being part of a long tradition: Before there could be fermentation, there were humans who learned to work with clay and vitrify it with heat so that it could hold liquid. Once humans had clay vessels, it was just a short hop (pun intended) to fermented beverages, and thus beer was born. I feel like I get to remain part of that long history of human culture, and that makes me happy.
You have a pottery business?
Rain Dragon Studio was born during the pandemic. With no place to go and nothing to do on weekends, I had to create fun at home before I went nuts. So I built a pottery studio in my backyard, and became a "regular" at Georgies Ceramic & Clay in Portland, Oregon where I live. That's where I buy my clay, glazes and tools, and where I schlepped my finished work for firing (twice each piece) for two years until I bought my own kiln. Since I couldn't go anywhere on vacation because of Covid, I took "staycations" at home and worked on pottery.
Where can we see your pottery?
I'm glad you asked! Click here for my Rain Dragon Studio website. There's a whole rabbit hole for you to fall down into there, if you want to.
Where can we buy your pottery?
Thank youfor asking! I show at local art festivals, and I plan to grow that part of my business over time. These are the shows I have coming up in 2022:
on Amherst (annual)
Dragon Studio Holiday Pop-Up Online Store (annual)
How can we contact you?
business: teri @ roadbrewer . com.
Thanks for joining me on this journey. I hope you find interesting things to read here!