I recently got a new gig as a contributor to the relaunched AOL Small Business site, which is loaded with full-steam-ahead stories about entrepreneurs keeping this American economy afloat. Good to know so folks aren't waiting out the recession, right?
My first two pieces are:
A "Made in the U.S.A." round-up of baseball companies, inlcuding Milwaukee-based Olympus Flag & Banner, which makes the giant sausage mascots that make Miller Park a must-visit for fans of the grand old game and foam chorizos alike.
A chat with one of the founders of Fire Island Beer, who was kind enough to provide samples and conduct the interview in old school Mickey Mantle fashion. (You figure it out.)
I'll be writing a lot for AOL, so tune in here for all your breaking offbeat business folk news.
Made in the USA: America's Pastime
It's a chilly February morning, but Jay Goldberg is focused on the greener pastures of opening day. He's busy getting the clubhouse in order: ordering equipment, looking over his lineup, and ensuring the video system will be piping in baseball highlights throughout the season.
Over pints of Red Wagon IPA, Fire Island Beer president Jeff Glassman, 29, discussed the new beer company rising up from the sandy beaches of "The Other New York."
I'm going to go out on a limb and guess the idea for a brewery originated on Fire Island...
It did. I'm from Bedford, New Hampshire, but my aunt and uncle have a place in Atlantique. It's on the lighthouse side of the island, and I've been coming out here for 12 years. In 1999, my cousin Tom got into brewing as a hobby. There aren't really proper beer stores on Fire Island and we didn't want to schlep it out here, so whatever five-gallon brew he had going was our beer for the weekend. All these years, we kept saying to ourselves, "Fire Island Beer, why the hell not?" We see all these people out here every summer having a good time -- isn't that a strong basis for a beer company? In 2008, we decided to turn the dream into a reality.
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