The MAD-K Story
The beer brewing seeds got planted on Father’s Day 2010 when my two daughters gave me a Mr. Beer,
beer brewing kit, for Father’s Day. The Mr. Beer kit was an extract based kit that allowed me to brew
two different beers on the kitchen stove and bottle them for future use. At the time I made two beers
that I thought were outstanding beers, but in hindsight were probably dreadful.
I immediately had the itch to move to all grain brewing rather than extract brewing, so I spent a lot of
time on home brew web sites and read a lot of books on the subject. By fall of 2010 I had purchased the basic equipment and supplies to start brewing all grain beer batches on the kitchen stove. It didn’t take long before I was relegated to the garage. Other family members did not appreciate the smell or the mess in the kitchen.
By 2011 I had made several five gallon batches of different kinds of beer and realized it was something I wanted to pursue in a bigger way. I continued to buy more equipment and experiment with different
beers and different brewing, fermenting and packaging techniques. By 2012 I realized I wanted to
pursue brewing at the next level. I saw retirement in my future and began planning a new career in
brewing. In 2013/2014 I invested in a workshop building that transitioned into a brewery as the brewing evolved.
In January of 2014 I incorporated my brewing business as MAD-K Brewing Company, LLC. The name is an acronym for the members of my family, Meghan, Abbey, David and Kim. The name was proposed by a family friend, Sandy Rogus, and it appealed to everyone. So, MAD-K was born on January 30, 2014.
I retired from my 35 year career in the chemical industry on April 30, 2014 and spent the next year and a half purchasing larger equipment, refining recipies and techniques, and acquiring all of the required
regulatory permits and approvals and on October 1, 2015 made my first commercial sale to Rod Datt for a sixtel of MAD-K Amber Ale.