Everyone’s next chapter remains to be written.
At the State of the Brewery in December, Hank reminded us of that fact, kicking things off with a short and surprising statement: he had decided to leave Cape May Brewing Company.
The announcement was met with universal surprise and quite a few tears, but also with the knowledge that Hank has been absolutely instrumental in getting us to where we are today. Without his wisdom and guidance — and, most importantly, his encyclopedic knowledge of both beer and mechanics — we might never have seen the growth we’ve achieved to this point.
However, while there’s a certain amount of sadness, at Cape May Brewing Company, we know that whatever the next chapter holds for Hank — whether it’s doing HVAC on an island in the Caribbean or a fry cook on Venus — he’ll be a tremendous success, and we wish him nothing but happiness.
Below, you can read what he had to say in his own words.
I love Cape May Brewing Company and am very proud of everything that we have accomplished together over the past eight-and-a-half years. It feels good to know that right now we are brewing the best beer we ever have.
When we started this adventure back in 2010, we did not know what to expect, but Ryan, Bob and I put our hearts and souls into this little endeavor, and, with the help of all of you, we created something very special.
For me personally, it is always the most amazing feeling to see what Cape May Brewing Company has become because it’s so much bigger than only the three of us now.
I am very lucky to have spent the past years doing what I love, together with you, building a brewery that makes us proud. But now that it is built, I feel it is time to move on to my next great adventure.
Today I’m announcing my departure from the company so that I can try something new. This is only possible because I trust all of you with keeping this great company thriving. When I brought this up with Ryan and Bob earlier this year, they did not want to see me go, but understood how important it is to me and together we created an exit strategy.
I am a builder at heart and I look forward to getting back into something that feeds my need to design, engineer, and build. I honestly don’t know what is next for me, but when I do figure it out I’ll let you know. For now, I am here until the end of the year, and my door is always open as usual. I love this brewery, I love Ryan, and I love Bob, and I am so excited for them and all of you because great, amazing things will continue to happen here.
I am forever grateful to Ryan and Bob for being amazing partners and teaching me so much during this crazy ride. I am thankful for all of you who have made this brewery into what it is today and what it will become.
I know that you may have questions, and we are happy to answer them, but please be assured that this is truly a personal decision.
Our purpose has been to “build a brewery that makes us proud” and, together, we have certainly done that.
Fare thee well, Hank. We can’t wait to see what your next chapter holds.