According to the absolute first Google search return, fruit and flowers are the appropriate gift for the fourth anniversary. I’m sure they were referring to wedding anniversaries, but the idea, the internet said, behind fruit and flowers is in the hope and support of fertility and renewal. That was enough to register it as a theme I wanted to bring out as 3rd Wave Brewing in Delmar prepares to celebrate its fourth year in business. Let’s start with the party and work our way backwards. The two-day event, noon to close Friday Sept. 30 and Sat. Oct. 1, will feature sour barrel-aged beers, one watermelon and the other peach, which have been aging four and three years, respectively. There also will be bands and giveaways and the like. Check the link above for more information.
As with any business, the key to success is fortitude. When 3rd Wave opened in the brewery Evolution had vacated there was a lot of learning to do and sometimes the lessons were tough. Although there was a very small a craft beer community at the time, the true boom hadn’t yet started. As with every revolution, events shape decisions way more than do plans, so as the pair got started, there was a little on-the-fly decision making and expectation realignment than they had counted on. The practice of running a brewery is a lot different than the plan for running a brewery. There were pleasant surprises as well. That’s what makes the job worth doing.