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How did you start brewing? Rockne Van Meter: “I started brewing in my kitchen in the late ‘90s. I went to the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival in 2002, which was a bit after I started brewing at home, and the Monday after that festival I decided to quit my job and see if I could get a job brewing professionally. That morn ...

From apartments to beer: The story of Rockne Van Meter

How did you start brewing?

Rockne Van Meter: “I started brewing in my kitchen in the late ‘90s. I went to the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival in 2002, which was a bit after I started brewing at home, and the Monday after that festival I decided to quit my job and see if I could get a job brewing professionally. That morning, after turning in my keys to my employer, I went to a few surrounding breweries to see if they needed any help. Upon my last stop, I was lucky enough to talk with the Head Brewer at Big Buck, Eric Briggeman. We spoke and he showed me around the brewery. A week later I called to check and he asked if I wanted the job. I said yes of course. He is now the Michigan Brewers Guild president and Kim Schneider, whom I met and worked with at Big Buck, preceded me here at Bastone.”

What were you doing prior to brewing?

RVM: “I was doing building maintenance at an apartment complex. Pretty much fixing anything and everything that could wrong in a home. Plumbing, ap

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