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So Close You Can Smell the Hops: Departed Soles Brewing


The Departed Soles taproom, Jersey City.

The Departed Soles Brewery taking shape, Jersey City.

It is said that great artists suffer for their art. That can be true of brewers, too.

In an industry replete with remarkable stories, Brian Kulbacki’s stands out. I first spoke to Kulbacki back in March 2013 to find out about his award-winning gluten-free beer and the brewery he hoped to found some day. That day is almost here.

Departed Soles chief cook and bottle-washer, Brian Kulbacki

Departed Soles chief cook and bottle-washer, Brian Kulbacki

The name itself evokes tragedy and dedication. From tragedy is born inspiration and then, in fits and starts and through hoops and over obstacles, high quality gluten-free beer will finally be brewed at Jersey City’s first craft brewery. To get the whole story, head over to the Departed Soles Kickstarter page.

Depart Soles owner, Brian Kulbacki hard at work.

Depart Soles owner Brian Kulbacki hard at work.

I once heard the oh-so-quotable Augie Carton, of Carton Brewing, say that brewery hopefuls should take their initial investment estimate and triple it. Kulbacki hit a lot closer to the mark, but he still needs a few bucks to clear that last hurdle and fire up the brew kettle. Read his story and decide for yourself.

It's Bring Your Family to Work Day at Departed Soles.  Brian with his mother, cousin Molly and his dog Bogan.

It’s Bring Your Family to Work Day at Departed Soles. Brian Kulbacki with his mother, cousin Molly and his dog Bogan.

In the end, this isn’t about gluten-free beer. It’s about a determined entrepreneur who makes beer you’re going to want to drink.

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