Hello, my name is Chris.
The first entry on this blog mentioned that we were planning to share some information about our team. I'll go first! I’m a Connecticut native (Qui transtulit sustinet!) who graduated from The College of William & Mary in 2007 after fully mastering both economics and colonial American history (pretty sure they just forgot to print summa cum laude on my diploma?). Following graduation I joined a rather large, successful financial firm in New York City and spent two years living the fun-filled, fast-paced life of a recent graduate in the world’s greatest city. Tiny cubicles, long hours, Excel spreadsheets, etc.
I finally wised up and joined my then-girlfriend (Erin) in central Massachusetts, while continuing to work for the aforementioned financial firm in downtown Boston. We were engaged in 2009, married in 2011, and then moved to Boston so we would both be closer to our work. At least that’s what I told her - I chose an apartment on the Boston waterfront that just happened to be two blocks from the Harpoon Brewery. As previously outlined, in early 2012 we made the final decision to move forward with what has become The Virginia Beer Company. Erin and I left Boston in July 2012 and finally arrived back in Williamsburg in September 2012.
The last twenty months have been some of the most enjoyable AND frustrating months of my life. I never intended to spend over two years working to open a craft brewery! I truly had no idea about what we were getting ourselves into - the process has been much more challenging than anticipated. There is finally light at the end of the tunnel, though, and we’re ready to share details about who we are, what we intend to do, how we got this far, and how we plan to fully realize our dream. Stick with us and enjoy the journey!