On a sunny Tuesday, in a small town, I got to sit on a patio and drink beer + eat pizza. Someone forgot to tell me how much adulthood can rock at times.
Enki Brewing is a natural addition to the quaint town of Victoria. The restaurants next door deliver (on foot) to anybody at the taproom, and families can easily drop by and order a root beer for the kiddos.
I got to enjoy a Hootenanny Hefe Weiss (ABV: 6%; IBU: 6) and a Tailfeather IPA (ABV: 7%, IBU: 77). The Hefe, true to its description, was an easy summer drink, perfect for a sunny evening on the patio.
My advice came from Kent, who offered me a nugget paraphrased from General George S. Patton: “A good plan executed today is better than a perfect plan executed next week.”
Kent first got interested in working at Enki when he heard about the brewery through classic word-of-mouth communication. First, Kent started as a volunteer, and he now handles much of the brewery’s technical work, as well as bottling and working the taproom once a week. Kent says, “There’s no guidebook, and you have to get the work done. Every day brings a new challenge, so you have to be able to think on the fly and go with it.”
As I am learning every day, there’s rarely a perfect guidebook for anything, which means most of us are winging it.
P.S. Enki is the ancient Sumerian god of water and mischief. Kent says you need a bit of both to make beer.