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From Idea to Tap: The Story of Starting a Craft Brewery Business

(photo credit: Clifford Williams)

It’s not often one gets to mix beer with entrepreneurship and business, but Glendale’s Tech on Tap is doing just that with this Wednesday’s event featuring Brewyard Beer Company co-founder Kirk Nishikawa. Kirk will share his personal entrepreneurship success story, passion for beer, and even some tips for the budding home brewers out there. This Tech on Tap event takes place this Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at The Moose Den here in Glendale.

Kirk started Glendale’s first ever brewery with his high school friend Sherwin Antonio. After graduating, the duo formed an amateur garage band, tinkered on Sherwin’s house, and brewed their own craft beer at home. Their amateur love for beer became a professional passion as Sherwin developed and experimented with craft brewing and entered home brewing competitions. What started out as a joke slowly materialized into a reality as they began winning bronze, silver, and gold medals for their home-grown brews. Quitting their careers and striking out towards their dreams, the pair opened the doors to Glendale’s first micro-brewery on December 5, 2015.

Kirk Nishikawa was born in Los Angeles, CA. He has a BA in Architecture from UC Berkeley and was a non-profit community developer for a year, practiced architecture for eight years, and served as a restaurant manager for another four years. Kirk and Sherwin have been brewing together for the better part of nine years.

Nishikawa is participating in Glendale’s Tech on Tap series, which is sponsored by the Glendale Economic Development Division. This series is a monthly meet-up where techies, marketers, investors, and entrepreneurs discuss the latest technological and entrepreneurial innovations in a social and open environment. The goal of these meetups is to strengthen the technology and startup environment in Glendale with fun and interesting forums for networking and connecting.

The event will feature light happy hour snacks, a no host bar, brief presentation, and a long reception for a chance to meet and connect. The 30 minute talk will begin at 5:30 pm.

For more information on this and other Glendale Tech on Tap events click, here.

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